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Two fatal shootings related, Halifax authorities say

Posted August 5, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014

— Overnight shootings that killed two children in different locations in Halifax County are related, and investigators have "persons of interest" in the cases, authorities said.

Two-year-old Dyana Anderson was shot and killed at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in her family home on Cedar Street after someone walked up to the residence and fired shots inside.

The toddler's grandmother, 54-year-old Catherine Price, was wounded. Authorities would not say what hospital she was in out of concern for her safety, but she was in serious condition Wednesday morning.

About 9:45 p.m. Monday, less than three hours before the girl was killed, Keyeon Garner, 15, was walking with several others near the intersection of Maple and East 11th streets when two or more people stepped out from the woods and began shooting, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said. Keyeon died from his wounds.

“I said no, not my, not my, not my grandson,” said his great-grandmother, Mary Garner.

Tripp said a 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who were with the teen were also shot, but they were treated at a local hospital and released.

Investigators said they found different bullet casings at the scene, indicating there were at least two shooters.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Tripp and Weldon Police Chief Mark Macon declined to reveal specific information about the shootings because the investigation is ongoing.

"I will not at this point express why we believe they are related. Just take me at that word," Tripp said. "As the case develops, we'll be able to show that more in comparison."

He said there appears to be a motive in the shootings, but he would not offer details.

"Because we do have people of interest, it does come with a motive," he said.

Macon and Tripp could not say whether the shootings were gang-related or whether the toddler's teenage mother, Tamara Anderson, knows the persons of interest. The pair said they are working with the State Bureau of Investigation and hope to make arrests soon.

Larry Price, Catherine Price's husband, said Dyana was his adoptive granddaughter.

"I always kiss (Dyana) on the head before I go to work," he said. "When I get off work, I look forward to seeing her. She's going to be missed. It's going to hurt me. It's going to be a hard life for me now. I hope my wife makes it."

Price said he was asleep when the shootings began and woke up to the sound of screaming. He told everyone to get back from the windows.

When he saw his wife, he didn't realize she had been shot.

"There was so much blood on the bed, I thought from the baby, I didn't know she was shot," Larry Price said. "I would talk to her, and she wouldn't respond to me. I said, 'Hey Cat, wake up, wake up. You all right?' But she wouldn't say nothing too much."

Juanita Richardson, Price's sister-in-law, said that Catherine Price was in bed sleeping when she was shot.

"I don't know who did this, but I pray for justice," she said.

Both Tripp and Macon expressed sympathies for the families.

"It's a very tough morning for the community," Macon said. "This is the first time I've experienced tragedy in this area of this magnitude."

Anyone with information should call the Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136 or the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201.


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  • censorbait Aug 6, 2014

    When crackheads are kicking in your door at 2 am you better darn well have a gun and know how to use it or you will have to depend on their sense of humanity as to whether you and your family live or die. And the fact that you are a liberal and maybe even protested in the Moral Monday dog and pony show will not make a rat's behind to these kind of miscreants. You don't want a gun...don't get one but leave me and others who do choose to have protection alone. I am an old man and cannot match up physically with a 20 year old hopped up on drugs. I can no longer whip em or out run them. I have only the gun option to level the field. And I can and will use it.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 6, 2014

    "coming to our senses" to Hans is total confiscation and yes, that means for you to hunters and sportsmen.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 5, 2014

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    Exactly. Then we started coming to our sense. It's been a long, slow road, but we're getting there.

  • Tim Pearce Aug 5, 2014
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    No,,, Guns have not always been regulated.... There was a time when you could get anything you wanted.....

  • disgusted2010 Aug 5, 2014

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    Not going to leave MY home and not going to let the "progressives" ruin the country. You can preach your anti constitutionalism, pro totalirianism all you want, but the good, HONEST citizens of the country will never let it happen. They will rise up and chase the progressives out of the country just like they did with the British in the 1780's and in 1814. Don't like it, leave.

  • Wheelman Aug 5, 2014

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    How's that socialist/communist world thing working for you? You are just what this country was created to get away from. You sound like just the kind of person our Founders wanted to prevent from getting in power. That is why we have to Constitution we have. To protect the rest of us from those like you. At least the criminals may just want to rob me and I can protect myself from them. You want to take away my rights and turn my government against me.

  • Ty Shrake Aug 5, 2014
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    Banning guns will work about as well as banning drugs. Nobody will ever be able to get them and we'll be perfectly safe all the time.

  • Wheelman Aug 5, 2014

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    How long do we have to continue to put up with all this drug related crime? I mean if we would just pass some real laws to make it illegal, then all of the crooks and violent people wouldn't be able to get hold of them. And, all of the gangs and drug lords would just have to find somewhere else to sell their illegal drugs because no one would buy any illegal drugs if we just had more laws. Would they?

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 5, 2014

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    And that is exactly in a nut shell why we must never compromise with the banners. There are already plenty of laws in this regard already.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 5, 2014

    "Furthermore "arms" in the 1790s meant muzzle loading black powder single shot guns. You cannot assume the founders would have thought it was such a good idea if a single gun was capable of the fire power of an entire 18th century regiment."

    Thats your opinion, nothing more. Many other, more learned, people disagree.