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Sheriff cites progress in investigation of fatal Halifax shootings

Posted August 6, 2014 6:42 p.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2014 7:00 p.m. EDT

— Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says detectives are making progress in their investigation of two related shootings this week that claimed the lives of a 2-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.

Investigators spent several hours Wednesday morning processing a white Nissan sedan as they searched for clues as to who might be responsible for the crimes.

Keyeon Garner, 15, was fatally shot on Maple Street, just outside Weldon, around 9:45 p.m. Monday when several people reportedly stepped out of some woods and began shooting.

Nearly three hours later, someone walked up to the home of Dyana Anderson, 2, on Cedar Street in Weldon, and fired shots inside. According to a 911 call released Wednesday, she was shot in the face.

The toddler's grandmother, Catherine Price, 54, was wounded and was listed in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday.

Investigators haven't said why they believe the cases are related but have said they believe there were at least two shooters.

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call the Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136 or the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201.

Although Tripp said investigators have a person of interest in the case, neighbors on Cedar Street say the lack of an arrest has them feeling uneasy.

"It's scary," said Simone Nowell. "It's scary to know they're still out there. (I'm) scared that it could happen to my child."

Pecola Stark, who has lived on Cedar Street for nearly 30 years, lost her 20-year-old grandson to a shooting in the neighborhood last year and says she believes drugs have taken over the area.

Tuesday's shooting weighs heavy on her, too.

"When I got the news that child was killed, it hurt me so bad that my heart felt like it was going to stop," she said.