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Rocky Mount man sought in shooting death

Posted December 28, 2009 8:45 a.m. EST

— Rocky Mount police are searching for Dewayne Avent, 18, of 313 Sanders Drive, who is accused of shooting a man to death Sunday night.

Officers responded to 1205 Parham St. around 5:15 p.m. where Tronyale Daniel, 27, had been shot in the chest. An initial investigation revealed that Daniel got into a fight with two men and a woman who were near a vehicle.

"Avent ran from around the vehicle and shot (Daniel) in the upper chest area," according to police spokeswoman Laura Fahnestock.

Daniel was taken to Nash General Hospital and then to Pitt Memorial Hospital, where he died just after 10 p.m., police said.

Police obtained warrants for Avent, who faces first-degree murder charges in the case. He is known to frequent the Ketch Point subdivision and the Little Raleigh area of Rocky Mount.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police at 977-1111.