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Wendell shooting suspect commits suicide

Posted December 8, 2011
Updated December 12, 2011

— A man accused of shooting three people at a Wendell Food Lion Wednesday night has killed himself, police announced Thursday.

A homeowner on Marshburn Road called 911 after finding the body of Tariq James Taylor, 21, in a barn behind the house. Authorities have not said how Taylor killed himself.

Wendell Police Chief Vance Johnson said Taylor shot a man and two women inside the Food Lion, at 2837 Wendell Blvd., around 7:15 p.m. after a domestic dispute with his partner, Jason Jeffery, who works at the store. The gun used in the shooting was recovered in the store.

Investigators say Jeffery walked into an office and Taylor fired about 10 shots through the door, striking Jeffery multiple times. Bullets also hit two women – another employee and a woman interviewing for a job.

Jeffery, 20, was in critical condition at WakeMed Friday. Laquanda Beecher, 19, and Shaquita Baker, 22, both of Wendell, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

911 call: Food Lion shooting

Police released a 911 call from a person who was outside Food Lion during the shooting. The following are excerpts from the call:

Caller: Some guy just ran in (Food Lion) with a gun.

Dispatcher: OK, I'm going to stay on the line with you, OK?

Caller: Gunshots!

Dispatcher: Is anybody hit?

Caller: Uh, I don't know.

Dispatcher: Stay on the line with me, OK? Can you tell me what they look like?

Caller: It’s a black guy in a wool cap. He was wearing a hoodie.

Dispatcher: Which way did he go?

Caller: He’s still inside Food Lion right now.

Dispatcher: Do you know where in the Food Lion he is? Is he at the registers?

Caller: Hold on. He just ran past me.

Dispatcher: Is it a handgun?

Caller: Yeah, it’s a handgun. He actually ran behind the building ... I don’t know if he’s still behind the building or if he ran past beyond the trees or beyond the brush ... Oh God.

Dispatcher: Alright, you’re doing great. You’re doing absolutely great.

Tariq James Taylor Wendell shooting suspect kills himself

Food Lion spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown released a statement Thursday, saying the store is "working closely with authorities and cooperating with the investigation of this unfortunate incident. Our thoughts are with those affected by this situation."

Court records show that Taylor was charged with second-degree trespassing on Oct. 15 and was scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 22. The charge stemmed from an "Occupy Raleigh" protest at the State Capitol, when 20 people were arrested after police said they overstayed their permit to protest on Capitol grounds.


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  • Raven Dec 9, 2011

    Maybe he attended a particular church as well or frequented a club. Where is the "journalistic integrity" in leaving that info out? I'm quite sure "Occupy Raleigh" does not condone these shootings...

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 9, 2011

    "How nice for WRAL to leave out the fact that this guy was arrested at the "Occupy Raleigh" protest before this. Keep up the journalistic integrity."

    WRAL doesn't do journalism. They only sell clicks.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Dec 9, 2011

    "It is fairly common knowledge that the anti-abortion faction is solidly behind the Tea Party."

    Yes, you're right.

    Most "Tea Party" members are against killing infants.

    It's you libs that are full of peace and love that want to exterminate the defenseless.

  • TrixRidesAgain Dec 9, 2011

    What proof are you looking for? It is fairly common knowledge that the anti-abortion faction is solidly behind the Tea Party. I have no more proof than anyone else does that there are extremes in any movement and no one person in any movement is completely representative of that movement.

  • goozleboy Dec 9, 2011

    "Less than two hours before the shooting, I was in this Food Lion purchasing groceries from one of the victims. Our house is walking distance to the store, and on the same road where the body was found, so this event literally hit close to home. It started me thinking about how life is so abundant on this planet, we take for granted how rare and precious it is. The universal truth is that only God can grant life, so only God has the right to take life. War, capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion, murder, suicide...any time a human being ends a life...it's never justifiable."

    Please remember to say that to the person aiming a gun at your head. Please get real!

  • harmstrong4 Dec 9, 2011


  • harmstrong4 Dec 9, 2011

    I worked 3 years as private protection at Food Lion in Mini City. Only had two incidents with guns...the individuals left when I made my presence know.

  • TrixRidesAgain Dec 9, 2011

    This is how I can compare the Tea Party to OWS...the TP operatives and adherents will go into a place of worship and shoot a man in cold blood simply because his work is contrary to their beliefs. So far, I have not heard about OWS protesters shooting any stockbrokers or bankers...

  • Statick Dec 9, 2011

    So, let me get this straight...just because he was at Occupy Raleigh that automatically makes everyone who was also there prone to commit violence and commit suicide? Does that seem like sound reasoning to anyone else with half a brain?

  • barbstillkickin Dec 9, 2011

    I live in Wendell and even though we have our loud music and loud kids we have a great town here so this is a very big shock to our community. I do not care who they were but yes they should walk away from a bad relationship. Do they think if I shoot my partner he will come back. Please do your crime else where we love our small town with a good attitude. We also love our loud kids and some times their loud music. Come visit but leave your guns at home.