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More charges filed in shooting of Fayetteville man, daughter

Posted March 24, 2011
Updated March 25, 2011

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— Police on Thursday filed more charges in the Tuesday night shooting of a man and his 7-year-old daughter after a wreck on Bragg Boulevard.

Eric Samuel Jones Jr., 21, of 2515 Cattail Circle, was initially charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He now also faces two counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and a third charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The new charges raised his bond from $100,000 to $550,000.

Darrick Kelly, 32, and his two daughters, ages 7 and 4, were in a car on Bragg Boulevard near William Clark Road at about 9:30 p.m. when a Cadillac rear-ended their Saturn, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac then ran over to Kelly's car, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and began firing, police said. Kelly was shot three times, and his daughter Dakia was shot four times.

Four-year-old Keniya Sanders was unharmed.

Kelly was released from the hospital on Wednesday, and Dakia was released Friday morning.

Police haven't determined a motive for the shooting.

Investigators are working with federal authorities on possible federal weapons charges against Jones, who police say was convicted in 2007 of two counts each of felony breaking and entering and larceny.

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  • Evidence Is Everywhere Mar 28, 2011

    Well Eric, you may be trying to look very gangsta in your booking photo now...but when you get into general population in prison...and they find out you shot a SEVEN YEAR OLD FOUR TIMES over a motor vehicle accident you caused...I'd like to see how gangsta you are then. No one, and I mean NO ONE in prison, likes people who try to kill children.

  • jzdukefan Mar 25, 2011

    Thank goodness this father & daughter survived. We live in a crazy world. I cant even imagine the fear that these 2 children will live in for the rest of their life because this 21 year old wanted to make a stupid choice. What a waste of his life and our tax money.

  • bear2010 Mar 25, 2011

    SOMEBODY HAS BEEEN PLAYING "GRAND THEFT AUTO" A LITTLE TOO MUCH.

  • TimeWillTell Mar 25, 2011

    "For years the NRA has been lobbying for harsh mandatory jail terms with no possibility of parole for criminals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime." - SaltyOldJarhead

    Yep. And in every city where Project Exile was implemented, gun-related crime fell like a rock: possession of a firearm during commission of a crime gets five years in federal prison, firing the gun gets ten. The gun control advocates went slightly apoplectic - fought Exile because it did not involve new restrictions...

  • True Blue in Wake County Mar 24, 2011

    In order to charge attempted murder, there has to be the element of intent.

  • SaltyOldJarhead Mar 24, 2011

    For years the NRA has been lobbying for harsh mandatory jail terms with no possibility of parole for criminals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime.

    Don't we wish the liberals and gun control nuts hadn't blocked them now?

  • dogluv3r Mar 24, 2011

    My guess would be they can't prove attempted first degree murder, but why he wasn't charged with the second one, inflicting serious injury, I don't know:

    An assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill is a Class E felony (N.C.G.S. 14-32); the “intent to kill” may be inferred rom the circumstances of the assault. The attacker doesn’t need to say “I’m going to kill you” in order for a jury to convict the attacker of this felony. The jury can interpret the attacker’s actions and infer that the attacker did intend to kill.

    An assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury is the most serious type of Class C felony. In many cases, the prosecutor could charge this as Attempted First Degree Murder (Class B2), if the prosecutor can prove that the attacker had the specific intent to kill the victim.

  • braddavis Mar 24, 2011

    And people wonder why I don't want to have children.

  • Anonymouse1 Mar 24, 2011

    How horrible.

  • heels21 Mar 24, 2011

    "Still not understanding why this is not attemted murder?"- leastwo2001

    I agree. I have never understood the difference between attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Nobody shoots to injure.

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