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Suspect charged, second man sought in Weldon teen's shooting death

Posted August 7, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014

Teddy Keith Anderson, left, and Semaj Tojuan Clanton
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— Halifax County authorities arrested a man Thursday and were looking for a second suspect in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot Monday night near Weldon

Sheriff Wes Tripp said Semaj Tojuan Clanton, 19, of Garysburg, surrendered Thursday morning in the Aug. 4 shooting of Keyeon Garner.

Garner was walking with a group near 11th Avenue and Maple Street Extension around 9:45 p.m. when two men came out of some woods and shot him and two people who were with him.

Teddy Keith Anderson Jr., 18, of Weldon, is also wanted in connection with Garner's death. Investigators say he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Authorities haven't commented on a possible motive, but Tripp said they believe they do know what prompted the shootings.

"This was not random," he said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Clanton, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drugs and firearms charges, was jailed without bond. He also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for the shootings of two other people – Wilson Green, 17, of Weldon, and Calvin Robinson, 20, of Halifax – who were with Garner at the time.

They were treated at a local hospital and released, Tripp said.

Weldon police have said that they believe Garner's shooting is related to another one that happened less than a mile away around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In that case, 2-year-old Dyana Anderson was fatally shot and her grandmother, Catherine Price, was wounded while they slept inside their Cedar Street home.

Price, 54, was listed in fair condition Friday morning at a local hospital.

Police Chief Mark Macon said Thursday that his investigators are continuing to work the case but that no arrests have been made.

"We have some good, solid leads we are working on," he said.

He's planned a news conference for noon on Friday but said earlier this week that the shooting was deliberate.

"I still hold the belief that the two cases are related," Tripp said Thursday, again declining to comment further because of the active investigations.

In Garner's case, investigators have said that multiple shell casings were found at the crime scene, leading detectives to believe there were two shooters.

Tripp declined to comment about other possible suspects but said investigators have other persons of interest.

"They're not strangers to Halifax County," he said. "Let me just put it to you that way."

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call the Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136 or the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201.

Meanwhile, Tripp added, he has increased patrols in the area and authorized overtime for deputies.

"Everyone needs to be cautious. Everyone needs to be concerned because the emotions are high in the south Weldon area," he said.

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  • Richard Hertz Aug 8, 2014
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    PAULEJ I agree with you 100 % But it should be put out on every street corner so the users can get all they want for free. That would stop them from breaking in to your home and mine looking money for their next high. Also after a couple of weeks they would be dead from an overdose and everyone's problem would be solved.

  • Alexia Proper Aug 8, 2014
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    That and the "war on drugs". Seriously, look at how many homes are broken because of drug charges ripping families apart. Because it is illegal, it creates a dangerous black market, thus the violence to protect that market. If drugs were made legal and use was treated more like a disease, it would significantly lower the cost of drug use and it would completely shut down street sales and large drug dealing operations.

    Let the pharmaceutical companies make safer versions one can buy in a pharmacy.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 8, 2014

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    Not only is the federal government not doing anything about it, they are the root cause of it. These activities are the direct result of the entitlements that the government has been pouring on these people for generations.

  • Edward Levy Aug 8, 2014
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    Well, before we stick our noses in to Iraq, Syria, the Crimea. we better get our own home grown "TERRORISTS" under control. We are busy running around the world getting involved in other domestic situations, while have murders, kidnapping, sexual assaults, etc running rampant here on our streets. We have our own ebola disease here, it just has a different name. Just looking at this news articles makes me feel like we have lost our own war at home

  • icdumbpeople Aug 8, 2014

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    Nothing but the truth....

  • Richard Hertz Aug 8, 2014
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    This is a problem that is directly connected to the federal government. Most of the black people in this county are on public assistance. They won't attend school that is why the state had to come in and take over the schools. You can not open a business in Halifax or Northampton County because no one can pass a drug test. What they don't get given to them they just try to take. The crime rate here is way higher than it should be. But they don't care about going to jail because as you can see you go to jail and in no time at all you are back on the street. And then you see what happens.

  • brandy213122 Aug 8, 2014

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    I said the same thing last night. It seems too many children are getting shot at.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Aug 7, 2014
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    The shear number of murders in this area lately is staggering and frightening. All these kids being killed. What is the matter with these shooters?! How can there be so many heartless, immoral people in our geographical area?

  • jwsawyer Aug 7, 2014

    The police MUST get all these shootings under control. How about a "Triangle Task Force" to help get the gangs off the streets.

  • Sallie Mae Aug 7, 2014
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    I hope they can get these criminals behind bars.. W/OUT bail.....
    Prayers for both families..... Such devastation is so heart wrenching......