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Man faces attempted murder charge; 2 shot at Sanford Christmas parade

Posted December 5, 2016
Updated December 6, 2016

— Two people were injured when shots were fired during the Sanford Christmas Parade Monday night.

Police said Sean Dimitrius Matthews, 18, of Sanford, was in critical condition at UNC Hospitals with gunshot wounds to his stomach, arms and leg. Jadakis Tysor, 16, of Sanford, was hit in the arm by a bullet and was treated and released.

Sgt. Vincent Frazer with the Sanford Police Department said officers chased and caught Deion Jamille Johns, 20, of 1508 Westover Drive. Police believe Johns shot both men, and they charged him with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a weapon at a parade and going armed to the terror of the people.

Johns was jailed under a $360,000 secured bond.

Many witnesses said that, at the time of the incident, a motorcycle caravan was going by in the parade and revving their engines, so bystanders did not immediately realize what had happened because of the noise.

Abdo Alwahishi, the owner of the Rite Stop Shop convenience store near the intersection of Wicker Street and Gulf Street, said he was outside telling a group of men blocking his door to move to another location when he heard shots ring out. He believed the incident occurred in the parking lot in front of his store.

"I heard about seven or eight gunshots. I was standing at the door and as soon as I came in the store, before I even hit the counter, that's when I heard the gunshots," he said.

Police have taken surveillance video from the Rite Stop Shop as part of their investigation, Alwahishi said.


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  • Clayton Dent Dec 6, 2016
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    And just like that, the liberal robot commenters jump on the anti-gun robot talking points and never really realizing that this guy was a criminal with every intention to do harm to others regardless of what laws are in place.

  • James Jones Dec 6, 2016
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    Anyone surprised ?

  • Clarence Drumgoole Dec 6, 2016
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    so many people own guns now, like the wild, wild west. The Good, The Bad, the Ugly!

  • Steve Smith Dec 6, 2016
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    Catherine, responsible gun owners which constitute the majority, do take gun safety. They practice gun control, by insuring their hands are steady on the trigger.

  • Lisa Lisa Dec 6, 2016
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    I have no sympathy for idiotic behavior.

  • John Barbara Dec 6, 2016
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    What in the world does the NRA have to do with this? You don't even know anything about who these three were. It is possible that the three were in rival gangs or it was a drug deal gone south or any number of other circumstances. Did the shooter have a concealed carry permit? Was it a domestic dispute gone public? Would any gun law have stopped it? And the magic "make all guns disappear" delusion is non-operative by the way.

  • Steve Smith Dec 6, 2016
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    This is a somewhat comical and disturbing irony, the Roxboro KKK parade was more peaceful than the violent Sanford Christmas Parade. Will there be coloring books and play-doh in Sanford?

  • James Grimes Jr. Dec 6, 2016
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    The issue here isn't the NRA, nor the type of firearm that was used. The issue here is respect for the lives of others.

  • Martin Coulter Dec 6, 2016
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    "...motorcycle caravan was going by in the parade and revving their engines..."

    That's the LAST thing I would want to see in a CHRISTMAS parade. We get enough of those goobers doing that in everyday life. And yeah, I do hope the victims recover - thanks once again NRA!