It happened in the 1500 block of Tadlock Avenue around 8:50 p.m.
When officers arrived, they found Stanley Thomas deceased in front of a home.
Investigators said they were looking for two men wearing dark clothing who fled the area on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to call Rocky Mount police at (252) 972-1411, or Twin County Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.