Crowd Gathers to Support Alleged Shooter

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Was Rudolph Dean, Jr. acting in self defense when he reportedly shot at another man in January in Rockingham County? Several people in the Valley say he was and now they want justice.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to get Dean out of jail on bond. Dozens of those people gathered in Court Square Wednesday to voice their concerns.

Cindy Carr took the podium to talk to the community about why they are upset. Carr said Dean used his gun in self-defense and should not have to stay in jail for that before his trial.

She said this an issue that affects everyone, since Second-Amendment rights may be in question.

"This could be anybody that feels that they have the right to defend themselves when they're attacked,” said Carr. “This could be anybody. It could be you. It could be me. It could be our loved ones in jail tomorrow if this is allowed to go on."

Dean is expected to be in court Thursday for a bond hearing.

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