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Man charged in fatal shooting of Henderson teen

Henderson police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old man Thursday afternoon.

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HENDERSON, N.C. — Henderson police have charged a man in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the intersection of David and Nicholas streets about 1:30 p.m., where they found Ja'Quon Seward suffering from a gunshot wound.

Seward was taken to Maria Parham Hospital, where he died.

Daquan Ortiz, 20, was arrested Thursday night and charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting. He was being held without bond until he appears in court Friday morning. 

It wasn't clear whether the two men knew each other. 

James Rainey, who witnessed the shooting, said Seward was standing on the corner with several people when shots rang out. 

"Boom, boom, boom, and we saw someone lying on the ground," he said.

Kisha Eaton, Seward's mother, said the teen was always good for a laugh.

"That was my baby, and they shot him down in the middle of the street," she said. "My son is never going to come through that doorstep again."

"He just got caught by the wrong person with a gun," said Flora Wilson, Seward's cousin.

The women said Seward was shot in the chest.

Investigators blocked the intersection of David and Nicholas streets for hours while they pored over the scene with metal detectors, marking with numbered tags dozens of potential pieces of evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 252-492-1925.


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