Suspects charged in parking lot shooting

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Rashaad Ricks

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Staff Writer

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Rocky Mount police have arrested three Rocky Mount men on gang-related charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday at the Golden East Crossing mall that injured a woman in the parking lot of the Walmart across the street.

Donovan Tillery, 23, Mark Williams, 17, and Rashaad Ricks, 18, all of Rocky Mount, have been arrested and charged with felony discharging a firearm within an enclosure and felony conspiracy. Tillery and Ricks are being held under $150,000 bonds each in the Nash County Detention Center. The bond amount for Williams was not available at presstime.

Warrants also have been issued for the same charges on David Jordan Jr., 24, also of Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount police are asking for help in locating him so that warrants can be served.

The charge of “discharging a firearm from within an enclosure,” under N.C General Statute 14-34.9. states: “Unless covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who willfully or wantonly discharges or attempts to discharge a firearm, as a part of a pattern of criminal street gang activity, from within any building, structure, motor vehicle, or other conveyance, erection, or enclosure toward a person or persons not within that enclosure shall be punished as a Class E felon.”

Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department said that the shooting Tuesday afternoon occurred because the suspects were reportedly shooting at one another from their vehicles while in the mall parking lot. One of the bullets struck Jessica Morris, 36, of Elm City, while she was in the Walmart parking lot on the other side of Jeffereys Road across from the mall. Morris suffered a non-life-threatening wound as a result.

Lewis said a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado in the mall parking lot also was damaged in the incident, Lewis said.

Lewis said the matter is still under investigation. More charges may be forthcoming in connection with the incident.