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Teen charged in shooting at Rocky Mount basketball court

Posted January 31, 2014

— 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.


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  • dwr1964 Jan 31, 2014

    Make an example of this murderer. Do it now. Do it fast. That is the only way to get through to these killers. Yes, I know that so far, nobody has died in this particular crime. That doesn't matter.

  • gotnoid Jan 31, 2014

    Sad story for all involved- Why does the news media investigate the history of the gun the 17 year old used. Might be an interesting story.
    I also agree that the NAACP and the other liberals could do more good on the streets than doing the democrat's bidding at "Moral Monday."

  • jackaroe123 Jan 31, 2014

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    Wait, so that opening line, about how social injustice can and does exist... you don't agree w/ that? Our society gets everything right now? Much of the rest of it can be factually substantiated. It shouldn't be a matter of your agreeing w/ it or not.

  • lessismore Jan 31, 2014

    Mitt friends.....don't follow your logic. I believe the white community does condemn these mass killings when they are committed by whites. Why would you believe otherwise? When anyone kills it's wrong and the killer should be punished, black, white, Hispanic....makes no difference. But you seem to believe it does.

  • whatelseisnew Jan 31, 2014

    "Why do liberals not slander the white community for all of these mass shootings?"

    Actually they do it constantly non-stop. The left discriminates heartily against whites and constantly puts laws into play that discriminate against whites. It is just that simple. Now it is possible this is gang violence. We need laws on the books that provides mandatory execution for any violence committed by ANYONE OF ANY COLOR who is part of a gang. Either that or we can continue to watch shootings and killings on pretty much a daily basis.

  • lessismore Jan 31, 2014

    Does anyone have a clue why he did this?..

  • MitziGaynor Jan 31, 2014

    The main focus is pray for the 12-year old. Pray for his FULL recovery.

  • Common_Sensey Jan 31, 2014


    Again, you like many other Liberals, still like to blame everyone else - society, institutional racism, growing up poor, broken home - for the horrible crimes these people commit.

  • pingmanreturns Jan 31, 2014

    Lovemypirates, you are part of the problem unfortunately and not the solution! You spout hogwash and liberal babble.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 31, 2014

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    The last sentence is the only opinion in your post I happen to agree with.