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Teens wanted in shooting of 14-year-old

Posted January 21, 2010

— Rocky Mount police on Thursday were seeking a 16-year-old and 15-year-old charged with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy and 18-year-old man last Saturday night.

Markelius Leon Chambers, 16, of 1012 Long Ave., is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries.

Police filed the same charges against a 15-year-old, who also remains at large. His name was withheld because of his age.

A 14-year-old told police that two men wearing black clothing got out of a dark-colored car and began shooting at him and Cortez Sykes in the 600 block of Glendale Avenue around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday. He and Sykes were running down the road when he realized that he had been shot, the boy told police.

The boy was shot in the upper left chest and right leg. He was listed in stable condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville at last check. Sykes wasn't injured.

Police said that Chambers' guardian reported him missing earlier on the day of the shooting.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Chambers or the other juvenile suspect should call Rocky Mount police at 252-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • manofjustice Jan 22, 2010

    This nice looking young man should go to church more often. You can't get in trouble while in church. I would like to take this nice young boy with me to church. He looks like he could use some ligion.

  • Raptor06 Jan 22, 2010

    "Police filed the same charges against a 15-year-old, who also remains at large. His name was withheld because of his age."

    I understand the reasons for the prohibition, but I also believe that anyone involved in such a serious crime is also old enough to have his name printed. How can I help locate an unnamed person?

    This is the product of both a liberal and conservative criminal (in)justice system. They protect the accused very well. Who stands up for the victims?

    Oh, BTW, the Constitution can be modified to meet the needs of our society. The Constitution is a great document because it serves society; our society does not serve the Constitution. Civics 101.

  • TrooperChik Jan 22, 2010

    "Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Chambers or the other juvenile suspect should call" ......... LOLOL...like we know who to call about!!!..come on,.. he commited a crime.. the name should be put out there so the public will at least know who they are looking for...

  • hdsoftail Jan 22, 2010

    Man The City on the Rise strikes again!!!

  • 4lilboys Jan 22, 2010

    Thye do not give the teen's name because of his age... BUT HE IS ON THE RUN! In a case like this, shouldn't we be told the name in case we know them or where they are?

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 22, 2010

    "Do they make everybody in Rocky Mount stand in front of that wall and take a picture when they turn 16??"

    Well, it does save time later.......

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jan 22, 2010

    Rocky mount vs. New York:

    The Chief recently reported that the crime rate has fallen. However, there were assaults last year that did not result in homocides due to thugs being bad shots. Also, Rocky Mount has annexed outlying communities which have lower crime rates and thus pushed their crime rate down without any true change in results.

  • SO LOW Jan 22, 2010

    Sounds like he's starting his life out just right!

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jan 22, 2010

    Black leadership in the town, especially knight and manley have led to this. They have reduced enforcement and cops are afraid to do their jobs due to "racial profiling" accusations. The truth is that black on black crime is rampant in this city and it has spread throughout to the malls, shopping centers, and past peaceful neighborhoods. Fire the chief, elect new board members, and start enforcing laws strictly and offer these young kids alternatives to gangs....you have the grant money, use it.

  • justafella Jan 21, 2010

    jesmyopinion, yep!