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Sheriff cites progress in investigation of fatal Halifax shootings

Posted August 6

— Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says detectives are making progress in their investigation of two related shootings this week that claimed the lives of a 2-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.

Investigators spent several hours Wednesday morning processing a white Nissan sedan as they searched for clues as to who might be responsible for the crimes.

Keyeon Garner, 15, was fatally shot on Maple Street, just outside Weldon, around 9:45 p.m. Monday when several people reportedly stepped out of some woods and began shooting.

Nearly three hours later, someone walked up to the home of Dyana Anderson, 2, on Cedar Street in Weldon, and fired shots inside. According to a 911 call released Wednesday, she was shot in the face.

The toddler's grandmother, Catherine Price, 54, was wounded and was listed in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday.

Investigators haven't said why they believe the cases are related but have said they believe there were at least two shooters.

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call the Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136 or the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201.

Although Tripp said investigators have a person of interest in the case, neighbors on Cedar Street say the lack of an arrest has them feeling uneasy.

"It's scary," said Simone Nowell. "It's scary to know they're still out there. (I'm) scared that it could happen to my child."

Pecola Stark, who has lived on Cedar Street for nearly 30 years, lost her 20-year-old grandson to a shooting in the neighborhood last year and says she believes drugs have taken over the area.

Tuesday's shooting weighs heavy on her, too.

"When I got the news that child was killed, it hurt me so bad that my heart felt like it was going to stop," she said.

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  • 678devilish Aug 7, 12:17 p.m.

    Another sad story. When are we going to value human life?

  • icdumbpeople Aug 7, 12:10 p.m.

    I am impressed and happy to see all the honesty today on WRAL! If we had people like you in government or NAACP - Man could you guys help!! You have regained my faith of people hiding from the truth!!

  • icdumbpeople Aug 7, 11:58 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

    — Posted by Confucius say

    Was that really necessary?

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    I am an African American female and I can say that I am tired of turning on the news, opening an... View More

    — Posted by livin2shop

    I love your honesty and can see the issues! I wish more people could see clearly like you.

  • icdumbpeople Aug 7, 11:56 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

    — Posted by Confucius say

    Was that really necessary?

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    Sometimes it is necessary to speak the facts and the truth in order for the problem to be looked at.

  • Doseofreality88 Aug 7, 11:56 a.m.

    LIVING2SHOP, I AM WITH YOU COMPLETELY. I AM DOING MY BEST TO RAISE MY OWN CHILD THE RIGHT AWAY BUT SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE GIVING BLACKS A BAD NAME. I DON'T APPRECIATE IT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PARENTS, HAVING CHILDREN AND ALLOWING THE STREETS TO RAISE THEM. I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN, SICK AND TIRED OF IT...!

  • Anita Woody Aug 7, 11:54 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

    — Posted by Confucius say

    I agree. The mother of the 2 year old was 14 when she had that baby, 14. Do you think she is being a good mother to this baby? I can almost bet the farm, too, this was not a random shooting.

  • livin2shop Aug 7, 11:41 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

    — Posted by Confucius say

    Was that really necessary?

    — Posted by 68_dodge_polara

    I am an African American female and I can say that I am tired of turning on the news, opening an article to find yet, another young black male has been killed or has killed. We need to take our blinders off and yes, deal with the issues. We need to stop being blind to the fact that yes, our young black men are lost - they have no guidance. Women are having children for the wrong reason and then, they when what they had them for doesn't work out, they don't raise them with any values, morals, ethics. We need to get our black children to stay in school - to want and strive for something. I too bet the shooters are young black males while shaking my head. What are the options when parents are not parenting - death, prison, social programs...I am tired of paying for others poor decision and choices

  • Alexia Aug 7, 11:28 a.m.

    This is sickening. As an African American woman I am so saddened by the acts our children are... View More

    — Posted by Doseofreality88

    You've highlighted the issue perfectly. Those raised in a loving home will not normally go kill another person. These people doing this must grow up him homes where a parent doesn't care about the children (though I'm sure they say they do), or are unstable or violent themselves.

    The question is how do we fix this broken social issue? How do you get people to wake up and realize the problem they're creating for themselves and those around them?

    Basic values we hold are not held by these criminals. Greed, hate, jealousy, revenge, etc. are traits that consume these people, from what I can see. Apparently, nobody is teaching them the right values.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 7, 11:03 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

    — Posted by Confucius say

    Was that really necessary?

  • Confucius say Aug 7, 9:20 a.m.

    I'll bet the farm that the shooters are young black males.

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