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Sheriff: Teen shot by stepfather in Fuquay-Varina

Posted January 2, 2016

— A 19-year-old was killed Saturday afternoon after a domestic dispute between him and his stepfather led to a shooting, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said that deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound at 455 Ruth Circle in Fuquay-Varina at about 12:40 p.m.

Raekwon Shannon, 19, of Spokane, Washington, was taken to Central Harnett Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shannon’s stepfather, Rico McConico Sr., 40, of 455 Ruth Circle, was arrested in Lillington shortly after the incident. He was charged with first-degree murder.

Witnesses reported seeing McConico drive away from the house earlier Saturday then turn around abruptly and return to the home. Neighbors say they then heard gunshots and saw McConico jump back into the vehicle and flee.

"The dad actually passed by us as he was leaving. We thought he was rushing somebody to the hospital at first," said Shannon's friend, Zachary Hering.

Family friends said that Shannon lives in Washington but had been visiting his family in Fuquay-Varina for the past week. They said that Shannon was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and had been looking to go into active duty.

"He was just a good kid. He wanted to go active and serve his county. He was always there for everyone, he's going to be missed," said Hering.

Hering, who know Shannon and McConico well, was caught off-guard by the news of the shooting.
"They seemed close, even to each other," said Hering. "The dad was really relaxed, calm. It was totally unexpected. I would not have seen this coming in a million years."

Neighbors said McConico had two children with Shannon's mother and said that Shannon and his mother were very close.

McConico is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.


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  • Donald Holder Jan 3, 2016
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    I'm assuming he went to and graduated from Harnett Central since he has so many friends around here.

  • Cheryl Asato Jan 3, 2016
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    Was he ever local to this aeea? He looks just like someone I used to see at work. I think his name was Ray.

  • Ronnie Reams Jan 3, 2016
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    I did. Must have put the negative in backwards when print made. Been there and done that.

  • George Zellers Jan 3, 2016
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    Has no one noticed that the picture of the guy in the army uniform is backwards?

  • betsymillsaps Jan 3, 2016

    Jessica not sure what you think you read in the comment that Roscoe made but maybe you should re-read it. He posed a question that law enforcement would, will and should ask. Sir you left the scene of the disturbance, why did you return and act in a violent way. He shot this young man after he LEFT the home and then RETURNED. He thought about what he was going to do, planned it and returned and carried it out. Murder one! So Jessica re-read the understand your comment holds no bearing on the discussion.

  • Anne Havisham Jan 2, 2016
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    It is my hope that this young man was not aware of what happened, and that that there was no time for pain or fear.

    May those who love Raekwon Shannon find comfort in their memories of him.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 2, 2016
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    Why do people so easily resort to killing someone? Can't they agree to disagree and let it go? It seems like today people have no more thought about killing someone they disagree with than I do a housefly. People need to get the love of God in their hearts and these killings wouldn't be happening.

  • Jessica McClain Jan 2, 2016
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    you have no life Roscoe. Everytime I read the news, you're commenting something ignorant. R.I.P Raekwon.

  • James Campbell Jan 2, 2016
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    Good question Roscoe maybe alcohol ,drugs who knows just a guess but you would think a 40 year old man would have some composure about himself

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Jan 2, 2016
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    Does the obvious need to be pointed out once again? McConico was out and free, but felt the need to return and commit an act of aggression, an act of violence. I wonder why that is.