Police: Shooting that wounded Durham children was retaliation
Posted November 2, 2011
Updated November 3, 2011
Durham, N.C. — Four men were charged Wednesday in a drive-by shooting in Durham last month that wounded two young children and a man, police said.
Two of the men had been arrested by Thursday morning, while the other two suspects remained at large.
Au-Nestii Hagans, 1, was shot in the arm, and Anaryiion Hagans, 3, was shot in the hand when someone opened fire on North Driver Street on Oct. 23. The two children were inside a home at 204-A N. Driver St. at the time.
Troy Lee Howard, 48, who was visiting family on the street, was shot in the thigh outside 210 N. Driver St.
Investigators said the the shooting was in retaliation for an Oct. 17 shooting on Fern Street that wounded Tavarez Brown.
Brown and two other men drove along Driver Street and exchanged gunfire with John Tarver, who was arrested last week in connection with the Fern Street shooting, police said.
Tarver, 23, was standing on his porch at 204-B N. Driver St.,and the bullets missed him and went through the wall into the other side of the duplex, wounding the two children, police said.
When Tarver returned fire, he shot Howard, who was standing on a nearby corner, police said.
Tarver is charged with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the Fern Street and Driver Street shootings.
Brown, 24, of Spruce Street, Arthur Clendenning, 24, of North Hyde Park Avenue, and Jaunarais King, 23, of Kent Lake Drive, were each charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
Tarver and Clendenning have been placed in the Durham County jail. Tarver was given a $1.5 million bond, and Clendenning a $2 million bond.
Police were searching Thursday for Brown and King. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4281, extension, 29123, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
All four suspects have criminal records including convictions on drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. Clendenning, Brown and King also have convictions for carrying a concealed weapon, while Brown has been found guilty of two assault charges and an attempted break-in. Records show that Tarver and Brown are currently on probation.