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Suspect in Wendell store shooting sought

Posted December 8, 2011

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— Wendell police continued to search Thursday for a 21-year-old man accused of shooting three people at a grocery store a day earlier.

Police Chief Vance Johnson said that Tariq James Taylor shot a man and two women inside the Food Lion, at 2837 Wendell Boulevard, around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday after a domestic dispute with his partner, who works at the store.

Jason Jeffery, 20, was in critical condition at WakeMed Hospital early Thursday. Laquanda Beecher 19, also remained hospitalized, but her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Shaquita Baker, 22, was treated and released from WakeMed.

Food Lion employee Brent Thomas said he saw the two men arguing before the shooting and tried to break it up. 

"I was telling him to leave. I was pushing on him, but it was like I wasn't even there," Thomas said. "He was pale. He was sweating. It looked like he could have been on something." Food Lion employee tried to stop shooting Food Lion employee tried to stop shooting

Just a few minutes later, Thomas said, he heard gunshots and found the male employee shot multiple times and another employee shot in the leg. Thomas said a woman interviewing for a job was also shot. 

Taylor remains at large. Police said search dogs couldn't get a scent because of heavy rains Wednesday night.

Court records show that Taylor was charged with second-degree trespassing on Oct. 15 and was scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 22.

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  • melmika Dec 8, 2011

    It was a cashier who found the gun behind the lottery machine.

  • WRALSUCKS Dec 8, 2011

    "Is it coming down to kill or be killed?"

    Yes.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 8, 2011

    ..."If YOUR life was not threatened then shooting someone to protect someone else is not lawful." seaknelly15..."

    This IS NOT a correct statement...!!! Imminent danger applies to anyone, anywhere, anytime!!!

  • SmokeWagon Dec 8, 2011

    ..."Is it coming down to kill or be killed? What a shame we have to be so alert and on the look out for da wierdos we cannot even grocery shop. booo..."

    You do NOT need to be afraid...just BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS...get prepaired, CORRECTLY...then you are NOT afraid..!!

  • Screw WrAl Dec 8, 2011

    "Is it coming down to kill or be killed?"

    That's what I'm saying. Carry your own weapon, legally or illegally, and fire at will when threatened. That's how we end America's crime wave. Stick it back in their faces. Literally.

  • ncdixie1 Dec 8, 2011

    Is it coming down to kill or be killed? What a shame we have to be so alert and on the look out for da wierdos we cannot even grocery shop. booo

  • ncdixie1 Dec 8, 2011

    The FL cashier that ya'll are saying why didn't he call 911. That cashier had a gun in his face and he crawled away and called 911 just about the time the shots were fired according to the article. AND he is a super nice dude that works there.
    Another thing the WPD and WSO did search for the shooter, it was pouring down rain at the time this happened and the sent the dog got on washed away.

  • backhome Dec 8, 2011

    word from the wendell pd is that the suspect was found dead off marshburn road late this morning.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 8, 2011

    "If YOUR life was not threatened then shooting someone to protect someone else is not lawful." seaknelly15"

    "False."

    Well look at who said it, of course.

  • dieselsmoke Dec 8, 2011

    Now's your chance to do what's best, Mr. Taylor.

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