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Second Man Arrested in Raleigh Drive-By Shooting

Posted May 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police have made another arrest in connection with the February drive-by shooting of a 4-year-old boy.

Tyrell Beal, 20, whom police believe fired the shot that struck Jermaine, was arrested Thursday in Wilmington and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police say they also found a gun they believe was the one used in the shooting.

The 4-year-old victim, Jermaine Huggins, was hit in the torso with a bullet intended for 17-year-old Terrell Harris, who was standing nearby at the time. Jermaine spent 13 days in intensive care and underwent three operations before he was released from the hospital. Community leaders and volunteers raised money to help his family relocate to a safer neighborhood.

Harris turned himself in to police soon after the shooting. David Ashley, 17, whom police say drove the Ford Taurus that sped away from the scene, was arrested May 8 for cocaine possession. He was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting that injured Jermaine.