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Three charged in shootings of Smithfield mom, son

Posted September 6, 2012
Updated September 7, 2012

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— Three men were arrested Thursday on dozens of charges in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening in which a Smithfield woman was shot in the neck and her son was shot five times, according to warrants.

Investigators say Jalissa Wallace and her 8-year-old son, Jeremiah, were inside their apartment at 38 Towbridge Drive shortly before 8 p.m. when neighbors reported hearing gunshots.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting but have said it was not random.

Jalissa Wallace was listed in serious condition at a local hospital Thursday afternoon.

Cornel Breon Harper, 35, of 509 Lincoln St., Kinston, Mister Premier Height, 22, of 1402 E. Shine St., Kinston, and Sameer Ibn Muhammod Edgar, 26, of Detroit, were arrested Thursday afternoon.

Harper and Edgar each face two counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of inflicting serious injury with a deadly weapon and 18 counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Three face slew of charges in Smithfield apartment shooting Three face slew of charges in Smithfield apartment shooting

Height faces 24 counts of accessory after the fact of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and two counts of accessory after the fact of attempted murder.

The three men were each jailed under a $2 million bond and were scheduled to have their first court appearance in Johnston County District Court Friday morning.

Authorities said Thursday that they are surprised no one else was injured, considering the number of bullets recovered and how they penetrated the walls of nearby apartments.

"There were some rounds recovered from the apartments on both sides of 38," Smithfield police Lt. Keith Powell said. "Children (live) on one side, and an elderly lady on the other side is confined to a wheelchair."

The shootings are still under investigation, and anyone with information about them are asked to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-934-2121 or the department's tip line at 919-989-8835.

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  • junkmail5 Sep 7, 2012

    Texas executes more prisoners than any other state. Is the murder rate there lower than other parts of the US? Not even close.
    OleNCNative

    This would only be true if every state had the same crime rate in general, which it doesn't.

    Again, check the link I posted- it explains why trying to make comparisons like you are is worthless, statistically.

    For the record though- in 2010 Texas had a murder rate of 5 per 100,000.

    That's roughly middle of the pack among US states... Michigan for example, with NO death penalty, is 5.7 per 100,000.

    Idaho, WITH a death penalty, is a mere 1.3 per 100,000.

    None of that actually tells you much about how effective the death penalty is though, because the issue is vastly more complex than that and there's a LOT of things that impact murder rates.

  • Bartmeister Sep 7, 2012

    "" we refused to sink to the level of the shooter." piene2
    That's why the DA should do what's in the best interest of all citizens instead of the opinion of a relative of the victim. Dan Cooper"

    Bravo Piene! It's refreshing to see a civilized man among the Philistines.
    fayncmike

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    Stop the charades, you're one in the same.

  • puzzled Sep 7, 2012

    So according to your twisted logic if we just do away with all criminal penalty we will rid ourselves of all criminal acts.
    Pretzel Logic
    September 7, 2012 10:44 a.m.
    If you want to listen to the statics that our "government" wants us to see or believe. Their statics are so screwed up it pathetic. Stactics from these other areas doesn't match what the people from those areas say either. People with good sense know that if there is no consequence we all do what we want at the time. Where in the world does some of these commenters come from??

  • OleNCNative Sep 7, 2012

    So according to your twisted logic if we just do away with all criminal penalty we will rid ourselves of all criminal acts.
    Pretzel Logic

    Texas executes more prisoners than any other state. Is the murder rate there lower than other parts of the US? Not even close.

  • fayncmike Sep 7, 2012

    "" we refused to sink to the level of the shooter." piene2

    That's why the DA should do what's in the best interest of all citizens instead of the opinion of a relative of the victim.
    Dan Cooper"

    Bravo Piene! It's refreshing to see a civilized man among the Philistines.

  • fayncmike Sep 7, 2012

    "piene2,

    What kind of gun did Mcveigh use? Oh thats right, he didn't. get a clue.
    batcave"

    What kind of guns did the last twenty or so mass murders use? And, incidentally how many of them were "legal?"

  • Pretzel Logic Sep 7, 2012

    RE : You really need a civics course. States and countries WITHOUT the death penalty have MUCH lower murder rates. ???

    What ???

    Are you saying less penalty = less murder,,, That criminals actually commit more murder when faced with the possibility of a death sentence,,, are you madd man ???

    So according to your twisted logic if we just do away with all criminal penalty we will rid ourselves of all criminal acts.

  • junkmail5 Sep 7, 2012

    You really need a civics course. States and countries WITHOUT the death penalty have MUCH lower murder rates. How does that jibe with your statement? It doesn't because your statement is not in any way factual.
    atheistswillrule

    Not quite...

    We really have _no idea_ the specific impact of the death penalty on murder rates if you actually look closely at the science.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-11/the-death-penalty-debate-represents-a-market-failure.html

    "The reality, unsatisfying and inconvenient as it may be, is that we simply don’t know how capital punishment affects the homicide rate. That’s the conclusion of the National Academy of Sciences, which typically plays the role of impartial arbiter in these social-science debates. Their expert panel recently concluded that existing research “is not informative about whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on homicide rates,” and that such studies “should not influence policy judgments"

  • batcave Sep 7, 2012

    piene2,

    What kind of gun did Mcveigh use? Oh thats right, he didn't. get a clue.

  • rgsjrs Sep 7, 2012

    Your information on the "alleged" assailants is not correct - they are males but they are NOT men !

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