Police make arrests in January gunbattle

From staff reportsApril 1, 2013 

— Police have arrested six people in connection with a January shooting on Mill Street that wounded three people, including a woman and her 3-year-old son.

“I don’t know if there’ll be additional charges at this point ... but I know they got everyone who was involved,” said Lt. R.K. Powell of the Smithfield Police Department.

Witnesses said a gunfight between two groups of people broke out in front of the house at 509 Mill Street as a bus was dropping children off at the end of Mill Street less than a block away.

During the shooting, a couple of bystanders rushed the children behind a house. They reported seeing two vehicles pull up to a group of people standing in the front yard and, after an argument, both sides began firing at each other.

The mother and child wounded in the gunbattle lived at another residence on the street and were walking between the two groups when the shooting started. A 24-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting.

Powell said a search of the house where the shooting happened uncovered 29 grams of crack cocaine, along with small amounts of powdered cocaine and marijuana.

Three occupants of the house were arrested:

• Jalil Sanders, 23, charged with trafficking and possession of cocaine, as well as maintaining a dwelling place for drug use.

• Margaret Peacock, 85, charged with altering or destroying evidence. Officers saw her trying to remove bullet casings from the scene.

• Shanquan Padgett, 21, charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Also arrested were Amos Stokes, 28, and Antwan Hawkins, 28, both charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.

Earlier last month, police arrested Patrena Dayes, 37, and charged her with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and accessory after the fact.

Powell said the cause of the disagreement leading to the gunfight is still under investigation.

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