New details emerge in Rockingham County shooting that killed 2 motorcyclists

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Martin Calvin Cox Jr.
Martin Calvin Cox Jr.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — New details have emerged in the shooting and killing of two motorcyclists in Rockingham County.

Warrants obtained by FOX8 on Wednesday detail the moments after the Monday shooting.

A husband and wife were riding together on U.S. 29 Bypass when they were shot, allegedly by Martin Calvin Cox Jr., 41, of Browns Summit.

The woman fell off the bike. After stopping, the man flagged down a deputy.

The man was shot in the shoulder and the woman was shot in the face and twice in the left side of her body. She was taken to the hospital where she passed away.

Deputies found another motorcycle near the scene, with a man lying under the motorcycle dead.

The husband who survived the shooting told authorities they had just left the Loves truck stop and when they got on U.S. 29 Bypass, they heard loud music playing from the suspect’s truck, heard gunshot and realized they were being shot at.

Cox was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted by Kentucky State Police driving north on Interstate 65 through Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Cox has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s office says he was driving the same truck that was used during the crime. Deputies seized the vehicle.

Previous charges

This was not the first run-in with the law for the man arrested in the shooting.

Cox’s first criminal case was in 1999 when he was charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell in Guilford County.

In 2011, he was arrested in Guilford County on charges of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking and maintaining a place for a controlled substance.

In 2013, he was arrested in Guilford County on charges of possession with intent to sell and selling a schedule IV controlled substance.

Also in 2013, he also faced a misdemeanor charge of wanton injury to personal property in Forsyth County.

What’s happening now?

With Cox in custody, Guilford County and Rockingham County deputies searched the suspect’s home Wednesday morning in Browns Summit.

Deputies said they seized drugs and guns from the home, and additional charges are expected.

Investigators are now working to determine if anyone else was involved.

The sheriff’s office has not released the victims’ names yet. The sheriff says this is to protect them and their families because investigators do not know if there are any other suspects.

What happened?

Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, Rockingham County deputies say the driver of a red Dodge Dually pickup truck with a fifth wheel attachment shot at two motorcycles carrying three riders in the middle of the U.S. 29 Bypass.

When people nearby heard the gunfire, they called 911.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says he believes the shooting was targeted.

Suspect vehicle in Rockingham County shooting
Suspect vehicle in Rockingham County shooting

While deputies investigated, the highway was shut down for about six hours.

Anyone with any information about these shootings is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 634-3232 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 336-349-9683.

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