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Smithfield man charged in triple shooting

Posted January 4, 2013

— Smithfield police said Friday that they have arrested a man in connection with a shooting Thursday that injured three people, including a 3-year-old boy.

Shanquan Dakell Padgett, 21, of 509 Mill St., Smithfield, has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities expect to make more arrests in the case.

Police were called to Padgett's home around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, when they found a 24-year-old man, 34-year-old woman and her son, who were coming out of a neighboring home when they were shot.

In a 911 call released Friday, a woman said she saw both a white car and a brown car filled with people and that the brown car sped off after the shooting.

The caller also said that children were just getting home from school.

"We got kids that just got off the bus," the 911 caller said. "We got a lot of kids that we're trying to protect right now."

Deana Harris, who lives in the neighborhood, described the scene as chaotic.

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"We heard gunshots and a car sped away, and we saw the lady that got shot in the leg," Harris said. "She was hopping around, and the baby was screaming."

Police haven't released the victims' names, but the woman's brother identified her as Ofelia Salazar. She was shot near her foot, the brother said. Her son, Brian Salazar, was shot near the knee.

The 24-year-old male victim was treated and released from Johnston Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon.

The mother and child were also taken to the hospital but were transferred to a different medical facility, a hospital spokeswoman said. Ofelia Salazar was in good condition Friday afternoon, but the condition of her son was not released. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police haven't said how the victims and Padgett might know each another, but investigators said they believe the child and his mother were innocent bystanders to the shooting.

Detectives said their investigation is ongoing and ask that anyone with information that could help them with the case to contact the Smithfield Police Department at 919-989-1072 or 919-989-8835.

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  • ThePunisher Jan 10, 12:23 p.m.

    I'm ok with regulating guns like cars.

    - you can take your car to any school and government building

    - you can drive a car at 16, so 16 year olds should be able to own guns just like cars

    - teach gun ed like driver's ed in schools

    - banks should offer 4-6 year gun loans just like cars

    - can't afford a gun? Lease one!

    - the Dems want to give driver licenses to illegal aliens, so illegal aliens should be able to own guns

    - convicted felons can own cars so they should be able to own guns

    - you don't need a background check to buy a car so you shouldn't need one to buy a gun

    - you don't need license to registration to own a car if you don't use it on a public street, same should be for guns

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 7, 3:21 p.m.

    "Let's have the same restrictions on guns as we do cars." - Plenty Coups

    Let's not. While I can concede some restrictions and laws, stuff like insurance and annual inspections goes a bit far. If you want SERIOUS discussion on the issue, propose sensible ideas.

    "I feel its nuts not to tightly regulate guns as much as we do cars." - Plenty Coups

    How often do you encounter cars versus a gun?

  • Plenty Coups Jan 4, 7:58 p.m.

    "Backgound checks? But you are not willing to background check illegals!!!!"

    Another topic and not true.

  • yelnatsthegreat Jan 4, 7:57 p.m.

    A loser like this who is already a felon, who commits a crime with a gun, should be put away for life without the possibility of release... Those are the only new gun laws that are acceptable!

  • Plenty Coups Jan 4, 7:54 p.m.

    plenty-"These weapons serve no good purpose."

    batcave-"Why do I have to declare a purpose for anything that is a legal product."

    A good reason to make them illegal.

    " Not to mention the rarity in which they are used is negligible."

    They were used in the recent mall shooting, the Newtown shooting, and the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. After semi automatic handguns, they are the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map

    "Do you want to save lives or just ban something( that was banned for 10 years and zip. maybe short term, but big deal. All about demographics and gang crime.get a clue."

    Once again, when banned, assault weapon deaths went down. Right now, assault weapon deaths are up. Way up. As they aren't good for hunting (at least as a good sportsmen, what harm is there in banning them?

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 4, 7:53 p.m.

    Backgound checks? But you are not willing to background check illegals!!!!

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 4, 7:49 p.m.

    If you commit a crime with a weapon there should be a mandatory active sentence.

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 4, 7:48 p.m.

    I think it's important to have background checks on illegal gun pruchases, illegal immigrants, illegan residents of the white house, etc. You used all your time pushing socialized medicine rather than lobbying for the safety of the American public. Oh, I forgot. That's what your socialzed medicine comes in.

  • WhatWereOnceVicesAreNowHabits Jan 4, 7:46 p.m.

    RE : 27 people shot in less than 10 minutes. Give me a break.

    School full of children, Totally defenseless, 10+ minutes of unopposed terror waiting for the police to show up? Your darn lucky he didnt kill more, he very well could have, there could have been hundreds, the gun free zone you all created,,, wasnt so safe, wasn't so gun free, was it, Epic Fail...

    HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 4, 7:40 p.m.

    Quick question for everyone:

    What needs to be done to get the guns of the hands of criminals??? Case in point, three separate incidents of Cop shooting in NYC today, in one, the 9 mm hand gun was stolen from NC last month.

    Anyone??

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