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Family: Clayton boy 'in shock' after drive-by shooting

Posted April 4, 2013
Updated April 5, 2013

— A 6-year-old Clayton boy nicknamed "Turtle" was recovering at home Thursday after being grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting in Princeton on Wednesday evening, according to his great-uncle.

Rayveon Jones was standing outside his grandmother's house eating ice cream with family and friends when a man drove up and fired about five shots, one of which grazed Rayveon's head.

"It was pandemonium. Everybody was running, hollering," said Lynnell Best, the boy's great-uncle.

The group panicked after seeing blood on Rayveon's head. His mother rushed him to a nearby emergency room, where doctors did a CAT scan and found that the bullet did not enter his head.

"He was actually calm. I think he was in shock. He wasn’t crying or anything. I don’t even think he knew what happened," Best said. "If he’d moved his head 2 inches the other way, it would have been dead center."

Police arrested Terrance Lockley, 22, of Goldsboro, and charged him with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting, which happened at about 5:10 p.m. at 508 West First St. He was in the Johnston County jail Friday under a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 18.

Lockley "had a beef with one of my nephews and just started shooting," Best said.

"I want him to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He doesn’t need to be loose or out on the street because it's been escalating for a while," Best said. "It's very disrespectful. I hope this is the end ... I hope there is no more retaliation. It doesn’t make sense."

Clayton boy 'in shock' after drive-by shooting Clayton boy 'in shock' after drive-by shooting

Princeton Police Chief Tyrone Sutton said the shooting could have been a lot worse.

"When you have random gunfire like that in a drive-by, it can be very dangerous," Sutton said. "You had several people out in the front yard. It could have been a fatal shot."

Witnesses said there was a second man in the green Dodge Intrepid with tinted windows involved in the drive-by shooting, but police have not said whether he has been identified.


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  • Save It Apr 5, 2013

    "This is so upsetting it makes me want to go turn in my gun that I bought for personal protection. Surely that would help." - NCHighlander

    Since your gun is statistically and factually more likely to kill or injure you or a family member, or be stolen and used in a crime than it is to be used in self defense, you are correct. But let's not let facts and real statistics get in the way of a feel good ideological agenda. It makes you feel safer. It doesn't make you safer.

  • Save It Apr 5, 2013

    "He could have stole it"

    Hence gun owners, the ones that call themselves "law abiding citizens" need to be accountable and liable for their weapons at all times. In the glove compartment overnight (where the majority of guns are stolen from) does not count.

    "or purchased it from some one else"

    Good argument for universal background checks including private purchases and gun shows. Also a great argument for harsher punishment for straw purchasers. Both agendas that the NRA lobby's against. Thus the NRA believes criminals like this assailant should have easy access to firearms. So if you are an NRA member or supporter you are in no position to comment about how easily a perpetrator such as this can obtain a firearm. You are enabling it.

  • MonkeyFace Apr 5, 2013

    I'm glad the little man is OK. I know its scary. BUT gun control would not have kept a gun outta this man's hands. He could have stole it, or purchased it from some one else. Gun control only works if he is a felon with priors. smh.

  • stymieindurham Apr 4, 2013

    I want to know is the shooter a registered gun owner? If not, why does he have a weapon? Isn't gun control suppose to stop that?

  • marsupial75 Apr 4, 2013

    Sarcasm? What other kind of weapons do you think are used in drive-bys? This isn't a liberal bias...people are drawn to stories where children are affected, liberal or conservative. Yes, a little kid was shot. How is revealing the truth too liberal for you? People would be more drawn to a drive-by where a kid was a victim (he "wasn't even crying"?! You've got to be kidding!) rather than one when a guy was arrested.

  • bombayrunner Apr 4, 2013

    Tomorrow he will out and finish the job.

  • bombayrunner Apr 4, 2013

    I like the liberal message in the title of this story. Why doesnt it say "One captured in drive by" ... instead they have to drive a point that little kids are being shot ... making it elude to guns. Cheap, WRAL, shame on you. This kid wasnt even crying.

  • Naysayer Apr 4, 2013

    Poor kid.

  • lawncare5 Apr 4, 2013

    No worries, we pay for his lawyer, sad child hood, probation will rehabilitate.

  • Billy the Kid Apr 4, 2013

    "I think we should prosecute gangs under our anti-terrorism laws. They are no different than any terrorist. They are envoking terror on the community. We already have the laws in place just expand them to include gangs then you can arrest them for being affiliated with a terrorist organization."

    I agree, but the good Rev's wouldn't have it. We can't even get what happened in Ft Hood called terrorism.