A Wendell man has been charged with two counts of murder after a shooting near Wendell on Wednesday night that left a man and woman dead and another woman injured.
Nathan Lorenzo Holden, 31, who listed his address as 6494 Stag Trail in his official booking documents at the Wake County Jail, had his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.
Holden was taken into custody just before 3 a.m. Thursday and was being held without bail.
The Wake County Sherriff’s Department responded to call at 9:48 p.m. Wednesday night about a shooting at 1125 Lake Glad Road near Wendell.
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When officers arrived, they found three gunshot victims: Latonya Holden, 32, who was transported to WakeMed; Angelia Smith Taylor, 57, who was found dead in the house; and Sylvester Taylor, 66, who was found dead in the yard outside the home.
It is unclear how the four people involved are related.
Neighbors said they didn’t know much about the victims, but they often saw Sylvester Taylor outside working on his lawn.
On Thursday morning, Latonya Holden was listed in critical condition at WakeMed.
Deputies began searching for a suspect, who they identified as Nathan Holden. He left the scene and went to a house at 3536 Holden Acres Drive north of Wendell, .
A dog tracked Holden to a field near the residence where authorities said the man opened fire on the dog handler and other deputies.
Deputies were able to arrest Holden in the field, which is off Edgemont Road Wendell. No one was hurt.
Criminal records show that besides some traffic violations, up until 2011, Holden didn’t have many serious run-ins with the law.
In 2000, he was charged with simple affray (engaging in a fight without weapons) and carrying a concealed weapon in Wake Forest. Both charges were dismissed.
In 2011, Holden began racking up drug charges in the eastern part of the county.
In March 2011, Holden was arrested in Knightdale for possession more than half an ounce of marijuana. The charge was dismissed. The same happened about a month later in Rolesville.
In April 2011 in Wake Forest, Holden was charged with with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for the use or distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He served 12 months of probation.
A month later, Holden was arrested in Knightdale for drug possession.
Staff Writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.