Court documents provide more information about the shooting late in the afternoon of Oct. 9 at the Walmart Supercenter in the Cobb Corners shopping center.
According to a search warrant on file in Nash County District Court, Rocky Mount police officers received the call at 4:53 p.m. about the shooting and found Willie Ray inside the store, near the delicatessen section and with a gunshot wound to his torso.
According to the warrant, Ray told police he had been in the self-checkout line when he was pushed by four males and a fight ensued.
Ray told police he punched one of the males and the other suspects pulled him away from the one he had punched, the warrant states. Ray told police one of the suspects pulled a gun and he began to run away.
That is when the shots were fired and Ray was struck, the warrant states.
Jaylen Knight, 21, and Darrius Williams, 19, both are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury to Ray, 34.
A juvenile, whom police consider the third suspect, was released on a juvenile petition to his parents.
The fourth suspect, Akavius Knight, 20, remains at large.
Nash County District Court records also show how police were able to track down Jaylen Knight and Williams.
According to the search warrant, police reviewed video footage after the shooting and an officer identified the suspects, due to the officer having had dealings with them a couple of weeks earlier.
Officers also found out the suspects had spent the night of Oct. 8 at a residence in the 600 block of Piedmont Avenue, the warrant states.
About 10:16 p.m. on Oct. 9, officers went to that address along Piedmont, located Jaylen Knight and Williams and detained them, the warrant states.
Officers spoke to the person in charge of the property and officers requested and received permission to complete a protective sweep of the residence, the warrant states. Police saw marijuana-related paraphernalia on the coffee table in the living room and smelled burnt marijuana inside the residence.
Police also asked the person in charge of the property to give consent to officers to search for a hooded sweatshirt and the person gave that consent, the warrant states. Police found a blue Everlast hooded sweatshirt on the floor beside the front door and the sweatshirt was recognized as the one worn by Jaylen Knight at the time of the assault.
Williams remains jailed under a $50,000 secured bond at the Nash County Detention Center.
There is not a record of Jaylen Knight at the detention center. Jaylen Knight’s bond had been set at $75,000, unsecured.
The search warrant, as part of the Nash County District Court record, states that arrest warrants were obtained for all of the suspects except Quashawn Cherry, due to his being 17 years old.
North Carolina law makes clear that one can view and obtain a photocopy of a District Court or Superior Court criminal case document on file at a local courthouse or judicial center, unless a judge has ordered that document to be sealed.
Additionally, the Telegram decided to publish the name of the juvenile in this case for this story because what happened on Oct. 9 involved gunfire and subsequent injury to a person at one of the most well-known stores in the city.
Nash County District Court records show the court has appointed attorney John Wells to represent Jaylen Knight and attorney Rakesh Sehgal to represent Williams.
State Public Safety records show Jaylen Knight was convicted in March 2019 in Nash County for larceny and in 2017 in Edgecombe County, also for larceny.
Ray remains in stable condition at a hospital, a city spokesman said.
Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to contact police at 252-972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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