Rocky Mount police arrested a teenager Thursday who has been charged in the Monday shootings of three local teenagers and a 12-year-old.
Shyheim Collins, 17, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was arrrested at about 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Wellington Drive.
Bond has been set at $4 million.
According to police,Collins was seen around 6 p.m. near the Word Tabernacle Church basketball courts near the intersection of Calvary and Edwards streets. A group of teens and adolescents were playing when gunshots were fired, and four people were wounded.
Three of the victims – Michael Lyons, 17, Jakavis Whaley, 19, and Antwon Jefferson, 13 – were treated and released for gunshot wounds at Nash General Hospital. A fourth victim, 12-year-old Nyreek Horne, was flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he is listed in critical condition in Greenville.
Members of the Rocky Mount Police Department have been working around the clock since the incident and have served numerous search warrants in connection with the shooting, said Cpl. Mike Lewis. Lewis also said the department has been receiving tremendous cooperation from the public.
“Violence is a public safety and public health issue and is preventable, with the will, information, determination and a comprehensive unified community plan,” said N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, in a statement.
Police did not release a motive in the shooting but added that the investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are expected. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Brandon Medina at 343-3181