Teen charged in shooting at Rocky Mount basketball court
Posted January 31, 2014
Rocky Mount, N.C. — A 17-year-old Rocky Mount teen has been charged in connection with a Monday shooting that injured four other teens on a basketball court behind Word Tabernacle Church on Edwards Street, police confirmed Friday.
Shyheim Collins is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
According to investigators, Collins shot four teens, including a 12-year-old, on the court behind the church at about 6 p.m. Monday. He was arrested Thursday in the 2800 block of Wellington Drive.
Three of the victims, Antwon Jefferson, 13, Michael Lyons, 17 and Jakavis Whaley, 19, received minor injuries, but 12-year-old Nyreek Horne was still in critical condition Wednesday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
Collins was in the Nash County jail Friday under a $4 million bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday.
Kyle Johnson, the Youth Director at Word Tabernacle, said the church's goal is to expose young people to what is possible when they make smart decisions.
"We have had students come in who were gang members and be completely transformed and now they are in college," he said.
Johnson said the church is a place where teens can be care free and safe, a positive alternative to the streets.
Investigators have not released any information about a possible motive in the shooting, but they said Friday that more arrests are expected.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Tips can be texted to RMPOL (76765). Include the word "crimes" in the message.