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Teens arrested in shooting of 14-year-old

Rocky Mount police on Thursday were seeking a 16-year-old and 15-year-old charged with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy and 18-year-old man last Saturday night.

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Markelius Leon Chambers
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Rocky Mount police said Friday that they taken into custody a 16-year-old and 15-year-old charged with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man on Glendale Avenue last Saturday night.

Arrest warrants were issued Thursday against Markelius Leon Chambers and a 15-year-old, whose name wasn't released due to his age. Chambers' guardian had reported him as missing earlier on the day of the shooting.

Officers arrested Chambers Thursday night at his 1012 Long Ave. house. He faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

The 15-year-old surrendered at the police department headquarters. Police said a juvenile petition charged him with the same offenses. He was placed in the Pitt Juvenile Detention Facility.

Police said that they suspect that Chambers and the 15-year-old are the two males who got out of a car and began shooting at the 14-year-old and Cortez Sykes in the 600 block of Glendale Avenue around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday. Sykes and the boy ran down the road from them, but the 14-year-old was shot in the upper left chest and right leg, police said.

He was listed in stable condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville at last check. Sykes wasn't injured.

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