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Six charged in shooting at Rocky Mount mall

Posted March 26, 2013 11:14 a.m. EDT
Updated March 26, 2013 6:36 p.m. EDT

— Rocky Mount police have made two arrests and are seeking three men on charges of inciting a riot and assault linked to a shooting at Golden East Crossing Mall a year ago. One other suspect in is custody on another charge and is expected to be arrested.

Police arrested Markelius Leon Chambers, 19, on Sunday and Kevin Felix Romain, 18, on Monday. They have warrants out for Travis Jamar Pope, 17, Dominick Jermaine Parker, 19, and Jaquaan Raqueze Harris, 18. Nykeem Tayquan Odom, 17, is the one already in custody.

Close family friend Sandra Knight said Tuesday that Chambers is innocent.  

The six men all face the same set of charges for the gunfire inside the mall March 3, 2012, that frightened shoppers and employees and left a 13-year-old boy wounded. Investigators say the shooting was a fight between two gangs. 

"It was very horrific," said City Councilman Andre Knight. "For something like this to happen in a place where you have multiple people shopping and just relaxing ... This should never have happened."