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Woman charged in Fayetteville drive-by shooting

Posted July 26, 2012 5:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 26, 2012 5:54 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police have arrested a woman in connection with a drive-by shooting that happened early Thursday.

Shakira Shanese Townsend, 23, was charged with one count each of felony conspiracy and felony assault with a dangerous weapon inflicting seriously bodily injury.

Investigators did not provide a motive for the shooting but said Townsend shot Lencie Ireland, 19, outside a home in the 6200 block of Elstree Place.

Witnesses reported a silver vehicle pulling up shortly before 1 a.m., and someone firing at Ireland and another person before driving away.

Ireland had been shot in the legs, police said. She was treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police are still investigating the shooting and ask that anyone with information that could help their investigation to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.