Police: Man arrested after shooting in Southern Pines kills 1 child, injures another
Posted October 28
Updated October 30
Southern Pines, N.C. — Officers with the Southern Pines Police Department announced Sunday that a man was arrested overnight for his connection to a drive-by shooting that killed one child and injured another Friday afternoon.
Authorities arrested 20-year-old Malik Rashad Crawford of Aberdeen Saturday for his connection with the shooting. Crawford faces charges of accessory after the fact of murder.
Arrest warrants are out for another suspect, including charges of first degree murder, officials said, but the individual's name has not been released.
12-year-old Jalinda Campbell was shot in the chest while standing outside an apartment complex at 714 W. Michigan Ave. at the corner of South Henley Street, officials said. She was transported by ambulance and later died at Moore Regional Hospital. 3-year-old Kyleigh Graham was shot in the neck and flown by helicopter to Triangle Medical Center. He is listed in stable condition.
Police said the main suspect they are searching for knew the intended target. Investigators know who they are but are not releasing their names at this time.
Officials are actively looking for both men.
The children were just innocent bystanders, police said. According to officials, 3-year-old Graham is the son of the intended target, and Campbell was a family friend of the target.
Campbell was a sixth grader at Southern Middle School. "She was well liked by her teachers and had a lot of friends," said principal Marcy Cooper. On Sunday, the principal, teachers and counselors met to work on a plan for providing counseling for students at school on Monday.
"Today, the families of Jalinda Campbell and Kyleigh Graham are suffering an overwhelming grief and heartache," said Chief Robert Temme of the Southern Pines Police Department. "A beautiful bright light has been extinguished, and another is struggling to shine on. Please draw comfort in knowing that the entire Southern Pines Police Department has pledged an unwavering commitment to the relentless pursuit of justice for all concerned."