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Sheriff: Teen shot by stepfather in Fuquay-Varina

Posted January 2, 2016 5:56 p.m. EST
Updated January 2, 2016 10:48 p.m. EST

— A 19-year-old was killed Saturday afternoon after a domestic dispute between him and his stepfather led to a shooting, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said that deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound at 455 Ruth Circle in Fuquay-Varina at about 12:40 p.m.

Raekwon Shannon, 19, of Spokane, Washington, was taken to Central Harnett Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shannon’s stepfather, Rico McConico Sr., 40, of 455 Ruth Circle, was arrested in Lillington shortly after the incident. He was charged with first-degree murder.

Witnesses reported seeing McConico drive away from the house earlier Saturday then turn around abruptly and return to the home. Neighbors say they then heard gunshots and saw McConico jump back into the vehicle and flee.

"The dad actually passed by us as he was leaving. We thought he was rushing somebody to the hospital at first," said Shannon's friend, Zachary Hering.

Family friends said that Shannon lives in Washington but had been visiting his family in Fuquay-Varina for the past week. They said that Shannon was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and had been looking to go into active duty.

"He was just a good kid. He wanted to go active and serve his county. He was always there for everyone, he's going to be missed," said Hering.

Hering, who know Shannon and McConico well, was caught off-guard by the news of the shooting.
"They seemed close, even to each other," said Hering. "The dad was really relaxed, calm. It was totally unexpected. I would not have seen this coming in a million years."

Neighbors said McConico had two children with Shannon's mother and said that Shannon and his mother were very close.

McConico is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.