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Second Arrest Made in Avalon Nightclub Shooting

Posted August 14, 2007 10:39 a.m. EDT

— A second man has been arrested in a fatal shooting outside a Chapel Hill nightclub last year, police said Tuesday.

Christopher Allen Shipley, 25, of 1421 Milan St. in Durham, surrendered to police Monday and was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Kedrain Monta Swann of Chapel Hill. Shipley was being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.

Swann was shot 12 times with a high-powered rifle outside Club Avalon on July 29, 2006, after an altercation inside the club, police said. He died at a local hospital.

Town officials later forced the nightclub to close, citing a "grave safety risk" to nearby residents. Officials noted the club had been the site of previous assaults and gunfire.

Last week, Willie James Mayo, Jr., 28, of 910 Cartman St. in Durham, was charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact in the case.

Investigators said they think Shipley shot Swann and that Mayo drove the getaway car.