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Police: Man arrested after shooting in Southern Pines kills 1 child, injures another

Posted October 28, 2016
Updated October 30, 2016

— 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."


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  • Craig Elliott Oct 30, 2016
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    How much do you want to bet the shooter was well known to the law and had an extensive arrest record? Yes, there are many societal issues that need to be resolved, but once he crossed the line from parasite to predator he should have been dealt with accordingly.

  • Jason Matthews Oct 30, 2016
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    the nAacp should be in Southern Pines calling for justice instead of in another town calling on people to vote. ITs ok for gangbangers to shoot and kill innocent children in the streets and nothing is done about it in the black community. No protests no rioting no anything. I don't understand it. Once in a blue moon when a white officer kills a black male then all hell breaks loose.

  • Johnny Roberts Oct 30, 2016
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    I want to say that this is a tragic time for the family and friends of the 2 little ones. Normal people don't really care if they were black white purple or green. It's sad when any race is gunned down so young. If anyone should argue up here about this situation. it should be about where to house the individual (s) that did this. Cause real Americans will act accordingly when this guy is seen in the prison yard. Right now everyone should be on here posting prayers for the family. Not arguing over the death of an innocent 12 year old girl. Now you can say I'm racist or anything you want. I'm a 40 you old white male. And have 4 white kids and 3 that are half latino.. so say what you want. I'm that guy that doesn't care about racism. Can't even explain what it is cause I was grown up in a loving household that loves all. So go ahead..... waiting on your comments. I got all day after I get out of church.......

  • Mary Meadows Oct 29, 2016
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    Roger I believe he was referring to your first comment.

  • Roger Chance Oct 29, 2016
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    Golly gee, Lamario! When you can not counter with facts get personal. When did I call blm a racist group? Actually, the most racist group in the USA might Skinheads or Radicalized Muslims. Sounds like an answer given by a liberal.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 29, 2016
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    If Black Lives Matter, when will the African American community rise up against Black on Black crime? The police are not the problem, (unless you watch a Mrs. Bill Clinton TV ad). Maybe that's the problem: a candidate that is favored by 90% of AA's, fuels the flames with subject matter, that is not the real problem for Black Lives Matter. It's other Blacks not the police that is indiscriminately killing Blacks.

  • Lauren Little Oct 29, 2016
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    Amen Roger

  • Roger Chance Oct 29, 2016
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    Keith, I did not realize that the truth was racist. I thought racism was a state of mind.
    Pointing to facts is hateful? That's why the media lays off of HRC, so as not to appear hateful?