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Shots fired at Smithfield home where girl, 4, slept

Posted April 14, 2011

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— Smithfield police said that three men fired gunshots shortly after midnight Wednesday into a house occupied by a man, a woman and a 4-year-old girl.

Four bullets struck the house at 209 E. Parker St., police said. Marcus Manley, who was awake at the time, and Lelani Freeman and her daughter, who were sleeping, were not injured.

Police said officers tried to stop a red Chevrolet Blazer speeding away from the house, but the driver refused to stop, and a short chase ensued. The SUV stopped at the dead-end of Third Avenue, and three men inside jumped out and ran.

Officers caught two men – identified as Larell McDaniel, 20, and Alphonso Kirkwood Jr., 19 – but the third man got away, police said. He remains at large and hasn't been identified.

Kirkwood and McDaniel, both of Smithfield, were both charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer. They were placed in the Johnston County jail under separate $41,000 bonds.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Kirkwood was put on probation last March after being convicted of assault on an officer, second-degree trespassing and resisting an officer, according to state Department of Correction records.

Records also show that McDaniel has been convicted of communicating threats, a drug offense, willful or wanton injury to property and disorderly conduct.

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  • damnyank Apr 14, 2011

    their stupid faces make me sick. they just LOOK like they don't take anything seriously. disgusting animals.... they need to be euthanized... that'd be 2 more useless waste of lives out of the world.

  • all4him Apr 14, 2011

    These type of people never learn because the judges always lower their bail to an amount that they can easily get and then they always seem to give them probation! The criminals aren't going to learn until the judges and lawyers learn that they just need to do their job... stop being nice and giving them chance, upon chance, upon chance!

  • johnny2times Apr 14, 2011

    so it was a drive-by...I guess someone made these 3 guys mad about something...Gee I wonder what it could have been about?

  • lovethesouth1 Apr 14, 2011

    This is attempted murder. Not discharging a firearm. Who writes these charges anyways?

  • jennylock2004 Apr 14, 2011

    People just never learn. You do a crime, get another chance and then go and do something stupid again. And for what???? 5 minutes of shame on WRAL and a lifetime police record?

  • 2alegal Apr 14, 2011

    Wonder who the third person was??? I know McDaniel has a brother.

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 14, 2011

    Perhaps Kirkwood should have been locked up, and kept there... such a fine judicial system we have.

  • Just the facts mam Apr 14, 2011

    The only way to protect innocent people in society is to put peole like these in jail and lose the key. They are an embarrasement to American culture.

  • obx_native13 Apr 14, 2011

    Kirkwood was put on probation last March after being convicted of assault on an officer, second-degree trespassing and resisting an officer, according to state Department of Correction records.

    Probation was the best fit for these actions. It taught him well.

  • jewel08 Apr 14, 2011

    That is awful..........hope all are ok