Smithfield police say a double shooting over the Memorial Day weekend started as a fight over a woman.
Johnell Andrew Padgett, 23, is charged in the May 24 shooting of Quagii Reddick-Lofton, 22, and Jovante Russell, 22, at 2244 Kay Drive in Johnson Court Apartments, according to police reports.
The shootings took place during a party at the subsidized housing complex, where Padgett and a female friend both live, Smithfield Police Capt. R.K. Powell said. The victims are from Smithfield and Zebulon, he said.
According to police, a fight about the woman broke out between Padgett and one of the victims. When the second victim intervened to break up the fight, Powell said, Padgett pulled out a gun and began shooting.
“The situation kind of went from a fight to a gun fight,” Powell said.
Padgett wielded a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun, reports state. Neither of the victims was armed, Powell said.
Police responded to the call at 1 a.m. and found the victims wounded with gunshots, reports state. The two were taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition. One of the victims was discharged Wednesday, Powell said.
Neither Padgett nor the victims have criminal records in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Automated Criminal/Infractions System.
On court documents, Padgett listed his employers as the Walmart and Sheetz in Smithfield.
Padgett is in the Johnston County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. He faces two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. He could serve more than a decade in prison if convicted.
At Padgett’s May 26 first appearance, the court appointed Smithfield attorney Mike Reece to represent him. His next court date is June 11.
Smithfield Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call Detective Tyndall at 919-989-1087 or the Smithfield Tip Line at 919-989-8835.