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Shots fired at Smithfield home where girl, 4, slept

Posted April 14, 2011 12:08 p.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2011 5:53 p.m. EDT

— Smithfield police said that three men fired gunshots shortly after midnight Wednesday into a house occupied by a man, a woman and a 4-year-old girl.

Four bullets struck the house at 209 E. Parker St., police said. Marcus Manley, who was awake at the time, and Lelani Freeman and her daughter, who were sleeping, were not injured.

Police said officers tried to stop a red Chevrolet Blazer speeding away from the house, but the driver refused to stop, and a short chase ensued. The SUV stopped at the dead-end of Third Avenue, and three men inside jumped out and ran.

Officers caught two men – identified as Larell McDaniel, 20, and Alphonso Kirkwood Jr., 19 – but the third man got away, police said. He remains at large and hasn't been identified.

Kirkwood and McDaniel, both of Smithfield, were both charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer. They were placed in the Johnston County jail under separate $41,000 bonds.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Kirkwood was put on probation last March after being convicted of assault on an officer, second-degree trespassing and resisting an officer, according to state Department of Correction records.

Records also show that McDaniel has been convicted of communicating threats, a drug offense, willful or wanton injury to property and disorderly conduct.