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One Person in Custody, Two Still Sought in...

Posted February 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— One suspect is in custody and police are still seeking two other people in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured a 4-year-old boy playing on the front porch of his East Raleigh house.

Terrell Harris, 17, the intended target of the shooting, turned himself in to police about 9 p.m. Thursday. Police have issued arrest warrants for Tyrell Robert Beal, 20, and David Ashley, 17, for assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. Police suspect Ashley drove the Ford Taurus that sped away after the shooting, and that Beal fired a pistol from the front passenger seat.

The neighborhood erupted in gunfire from a passing car about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. When the car left, Jermaine Huggins lay bleeding on the front porch of his home, shot in the torso. Jermaine was in guarded condition Friday at Wake Medical Center.

Cleanthony McNeill, the child's father, said he had been cooking in back of the house when the shots rang out. When he got to the front yard, the only one left on the street was his son, felled by a bullet.

Witnesses say the teen who was the intended victim ran into the house when he saw two men in a blue, late-model Ford Taurus approaching. About 10 shots were fired at the front of the house before the car sped away.

Police say there is a great deal of drug activity in the area, and they believe the shooting was drug-related.