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Six charged after Smithfield triple shooting

Posted April 1, 2013
Updated April 2, 2013

— The investigation into a January shooting in Smithfield that injured three people, including a 3-year-old boy, has yielded six arrests, police said Monday.

Amos Stokes and Antwan Hawkins each face three counts of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, accessory after the fact and possession of a firearm by a felon charges, police said. Both were placed in the Johnston County jail on more than $1 million bond. 

Patrena Dayes was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact and placed in jail under a $200,000 bond. 

On Jan. 3, police were called to Shanquan Dakell Padgett's home, at 509 Mill St., where they found a 24-year-old man, 34-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son, who were struck by gunfire from a passing car. Investigators have said the child and his mother were innocent bystanders to the shooting.

Padgett, 21, was arrested that day and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

During the course of the investigation, police also filed drug charges against two other people. 

Jalil Sanders faces cocaine trafficking, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of cocaine charged. He was placed in jail under a $75,000 bond.

Margaret Peacock was charged with altering or destroying evidence and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $10,000.


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  • 426X3 Apr 2, 2013

    Totally agree with you Rocknhorse!!!

  • fmacmaster Apr 2, 2013

    More background checks would have helped keep guns out of their hands. Right...Now NY wants a law to force gun owners to carry liability insurance or face $10K fine. This could keep gun out of the hands of criminals. Right...

  • Bartmeister Apr 2, 2013

    Drugs and felons are the issue here. The guns are a byproduct of each and the culture that was lived. They wern't born into a world of hopelessness, they chose the easy route of disregard and disobedience. The only one I feel sorry for is the 3 year old.

  • mgallen2 Apr 2, 2013

    Couldn't have said it any better Rocknhorse

  • Rocknhorse Apr 2, 2013

    I don't see lack of hope in those eyes. I see arrogance and total disregard. I see eyes that look back and basically say, "yeah? So what?!?"

    Society coddles and doesn't make people earn their place anymore. Society doesn't hold people accountable. "It's not his fault! It's the environment he was raised.... he's poor, ..." Quit with the excuses and start holding people accountable for their actions. Then we'll see some change. There are plenty of people who grew up poor but know right from wrong. There are plenty who were raised by single parent, but lead good lives. No excuse.

    And for those who want to use this as a soapbox about needing stronger gun control....the article clearly states it was a stolen gun. It was illegally obtained. No amount of gun laws would have prevented him from obtaining a gun and no amount of legislation made him care one way or the other.

  • ripetomatoes Apr 2, 2013

    They are born into a world of no hope. jbyrd

    Please prove this statement.

  • happy2.0 Apr 2, 2013

    The two previous posters want to take more jabs at this guy. I find what he did absolutely reprehensible,but if you look in his eyes you can see no hope, no light. How can a child grow into something so void? Really sad.