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Police Arrest Five People For Rocky Mount Drive-By Shooting

Posted December 17, 2001

— Three adults and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Rocky Mount that injured a six-year-old girl Sunday night.

Jasmine Moore, 6, remains in critical condition after being shot outside of her home at 723 Ravenwood Drive.

"I didn't see anything, but I heard the gunshots and I ducked and it hit [Jasmine] and she walked in the house and said 'I've been shot, I've been shot,'" said Monica Moore, Jasmine's cousin.

No one knows why the shots were fired, but investigators say they are almost positive Moore was not the intended target.

Police arrested the suspects after spotting their car.

"We gave out their description and stopped the vehicle a short while later still in town. We picked up the occupants, investigators were called in, [we] began the interview process and through our interviews, we subsequently made five arrests," said Capt. Larry Wells of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

The adults, Nasir Macklin, Terrell Powell and Derrus Sessoms, face a number of charges ranging from conspiracy to commit murder to giving a handgun to a minor.

Investigators believe a 13-year-old boy actually fired the shot that hit Jasmine.

Wells said that the suspects expressed concern about Jasmine's condition.

Officers have not identified a motive, but they think the shooters were aiming for someone in the girl's house.

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