A 19-year-old man is a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a man late last week in the Holly Street area, police said.
And that second suspect is the same man police arrested in connection with gunfire that occurred more than three months ago outside Dunham’s Sports at the Golden East Crossing mall.
Shyheem Smith was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder of Derrick Anthony Bryant, 53, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a brief news release on Wednesday.
Smith was jailed without bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center, Jackson said.
Smith had listed an address in the 300 block of Calhoun Road, statewide judicial system records online said.
Those records also state that Smith has a case pending against him in Edgecombe County District Court on charges of violating a domestic violence protective order and communicating threats, both on April 1. The two offenses are misdemeanors.
In a brief news release on Monday, Jackson said Anthony Horne, 19, was arrested on Sunday, charged with first-degree murder of Bryant and was jailed without bond in the Guilford County Detention Center in Greensboro.
Horne also is charged in Edgecombe County District Court with felony possession of a stolen firearm on Sept. 13, 2020, statewide judicial system records online said.
Horne had listed an address in the 100 block of Zinnia Court, the records said.
Officers responded at 11:05 p.m. on June 11 to the 600 block of Park Avenue about a shooting with an injury and located Bryant, who was unresponsive after having sustained a gunshot wound.
First responders and emergency personnel provided aid but Bryant died at the scene, Jackson said.
Smith made news on March 19 because Jackson in a news release said that Smith was charged in connection with the gunfire in the mall parking lot, which occurred on March 13.
Specifically, Jackson said Smith was charged with two counts of injury to personal property and one count of discharging a firearm within the city limits. The two offenses are misdemeanors.
Additionally, Nash County District Court records said police charged Smith with felony possession of a stolen firearm. The records said Smith had a Taurus G2c handgun worth $232 belonging to Lushonda Artis.
As for what occurred outside Dunham’s, the records said Smith is accused of causing more than $200 worth of damage to a 2016 Hyundai Sonata owned by Sri Lanka Small and more than $200 worth of damage to a 2016 Audi A6 owned by Angel Lawrence.
The records said Smith went free on $10,000 secured bond.
Smith already was out on $2,500 secured bond because police on March 15 charged him in Edgecombe County District Court with felony larceny of Artis’ firearm on Feb. 9.
The Telegram, citing the state Public Records Act, requested and obtained audio recordings of the phone calls on March 13 to Rocky Mount 911 alerting of the gunfire outside the mall.
What the police department released to the newspaper showed there were half a dozen phone calls.
One caller gave a roughly five-minute account of the actions of the shooter and the scene in the parking lot on the north to the northeast side of the mall building.
Another caller told of fleeing with others into a restroom in the building.