Tabor City, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating after Sen. R.C. Soles shot a man at his Tabor City home Sunday afternoon, according to Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten.
Soles, who practices law in Tabor City, shot Kyle Blackburn at about 5 p.m. during an altercation at his 118 Canal St. home, Batten said.
Paramedics transported Blackburn, who is either a former or current client of Soles, to Loris Community Hospital in Loris, South Carolina, Batten said. Blackburn was listed in fair condition late Sunday.
Blackburn came to Soles’ home with B.J. Wright, another former or current client of the senator, Batten said. Wright, who was recently released from prison, was not injured, according to Batten.
Officers with the Tabor City Police Department were the first to respond to the shooting. The department has since asked the SBI to take over the investigation.
So far, no one has been arrested, Batten told WRAL News.
Soles – a Democrat who represents Columbus, Brunswick and Pender counties — has spent 40 years in the General Assembly, the past 32 years in the Senate.


Soles was subject of recent SBI investigation

Last week, a man who claimed in a televised interview that Sen. Soles tried to fondle him more than a decade ago recanted his allegations.
Stacey Scott's allegation led to a state law enforcement investigation of Soles.
Scott said he made up the allegation in an August 2008 television interview. He said then Soles tried to grab his genitals when Scott was 15 years old.
Scott said he had taken the drugs Xanex, Percocet, and cocaine on the day he was interviewed. He said his mother urged him to make the allegation, but he doesn't remember why.
Soles, 74, said he knew Scott's claims of molestation were false and was glad Scott acknowledged he made up the story.