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Man killed, teen shot in Roanoke Rapids

Posted August 19, 2011 5:41 p.m. EDT

— A Roanoke Rapids man was fatally shot in the throat and a 14-year-old boy was "grazed" by a bullet early Friday morning at 209 Carico Lumber Road, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a call about a shooting at 3:40 a.m.. Tony Devon Hawkins, 36, of Roanoke Rapids, was murdered and the teen was slightly injured when a bullet grazed his upper torso. Two mobile homes and a car were hit by bullets as well.

Authorities said two men -- Elvin Maurice Alston, 23, and Travis Jackson, 19, both of Roanoke Rapids, -- left a party at the home and returned, opening fire from a car. Jackson was driving the vehicle, and Alston was armed with a high-powered rifle.

Police say Alston and Hawkins argued before the shooting.

Alston and Jackson are charged with murder and are in the Halifax County jail under no bond. An initial court date is set for Aug. 24.