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Weldon police: Toddler's shooting was act of retaliation

Posted August 15, 2014

— Weldon police said Friday afternoon that the shooting of a toddler and her grandmother on Cedar Street as they slept early Aug. 5 was in retaliation for a shooting less than 12 hours earlier of 15-year-old Keyeon Garner.

Police charged four men Thursday night in connection with the death of 2-year-old Dyana Anderson and the shooting that left her grandmother, Catherine Price, 54, hospitalized.

"We have the four people that are responsible for this shooting," Police Chief Mark Macon said, noting that the case had been a high priority case for his department.

Jamonte Lamoncion Moody, Semajs Short, William David Cook and Victor Mallory each face a single charge of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the incident, Macon said.

Moody, 19, Short, 17 and Cook, 21, who all reside in Roanoke Rapids, were arrested without incident Thursday evening. Macon said officers staked out locations the suspects were known to frequent in order to make the arrests.

Mallory, 21, was taken into custody in Weldon by police and the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Macon made a point of thanking other law enforcement agencies for their cooperation and help with the investigation.

All four suspects were being held at the Halifax County jail without bond. 

Macon linked the shootings on Cedar Street to Garner's shooting death near the intersection of Maple and East 11th streets, about a mile away.

Garner died, and a 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who were with him were also shot. Teddy Keith Anderson Jr., 18, who is an uncle of Dyana Anderson, is a suspect in Garner's shooting death, and he is wanted by police.

Another man, Semaj Tojuan Clanton, 19, of Garysburg, is in custody charged with Garner's murder. 

When pressed for details about how all the parties to these two crimes are connected or whether gang activity was a factor, Macon demurred. 

In general, he said, "There's a problem with gangs, guns, drugs, violence in this community."


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  • T-Man Aug 15, 2014

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    WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED THERE! You were asking earlier where the outrage was - they had a vigil and non-violent protest. You just don't hear about it because it was peaceful.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 15, 2014

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    NC does, it's in a moratorium right now, but that doesn't mean the law doesn't still exist, AND the matters of that moratorium are nearly resolved.


  • disgusted2010 Aug 15, 2014

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    Will you ever accept the fact that guns are not responsible for all the world's ills? The broken record is getting obnoxious.

  • Drew Savicki Aug 15, 2014
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    We don't have a death penalty in this state.....

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 15, 2014

    If the authorities don't go after the death penalty on all four of these, when a little baby and her granny can't sleep safely in their beds, then our justice system has failed us all - miserably.

  • Grand Union Aug 15, 2014

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    Well protesting against the police is a little less likely to get you killed than protesting or informing against a gang and the police are paid to protect and serve by the community..........gangs are criminals fighting over "turf" to get income from drugs etc.
    Perhaps if the cops did a better job the gangs would cease to be a power....but that would take money. Money the establishment would much rather keep in their swiss bank accounts than do something for for poor folks.

  • Grand Union Aug 15, 2014

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    Really, try driving down an interstate on the wrong side of the road...........and you'll see that "freedom" comes with a price.

    Reality is that Americans are no "freeer" in any meaniful way than the citizens of all the other Western countries and the wish for a few to have no regulations on a lethal toy does not outweigh the rights of the rest of us to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
    Gun regulation works very well in EVERY other western country so there is no reason to think it would not work here.

  • Debby Spencer Aug 15, 2014
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    GSWALKER51-You said it! I was getting on here to put something similar. What happened in MO is terrible, but we don't know the facts. We KNOW that this child wasn't doing anything, but nobody is looting and screaming (for TV time)!

  • Bill of Rights Aug 15, 2014

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    Anyone that things taking away freedoms is a necessary ingredient to fixing the nation's woes needs to have their head examined, stat.

  • Greg Walker Aug 15, 2014
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    Just amazing how the town of Weldon accepts the point-blank shooting of a 2-year-old who was sleeping in bed while another town loses its collective mind about a police shooting. I know one thing for sure...it's not one group politicizing a tragic incident for their own personal/political/financial gain while conveniently ignoring the other incident because it doesn't help their pre-existing narrative. It's DEFINITELY not that.