A double shooting that killed one teen and injured another Tuesday night in Chapel Hill was a “drug deal gone wrong,” a police spoksman said.
Four suspects were arrested Wednesday after authorities in Greensboro found blood and guns in a vehicle that matched a description from witnesses.
Laquida Shuntae Poston, 26, of Shelby; Renaire Lewis II, 22, of Shelby; Thomas Oliver, 30, of Gastonia; and Jalen Raekwon Hackney, 18, of Burlington were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact.
The four are set to make their first appearance at the Orange County Courthouse Thursday morning.
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Police are also looking for Denzel Lamont Spikes, 23, of Shelby, who faces the same charges except for accessory after the fact. He is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Tuesday night, police got a call at 9:54 p.m. about a shooting on Jackie Robinson Street, off of Legion Road on the eastern side of Chapel Hill.
The shooting happened in a cul-de-sac near Adelaide Walters Street. Residents there live in low-rise apartment buildings owned by the Chapel Hill Housing Authority.
Police spokesman Capt. D.J. Rhoads called the shooting “very rare” for the area.
Police think the shooting happened during a marijuana deal, Rhoads said.
Malik Devon Brown Burnette, 18, of Chapel Hill was critically injured and later died at UNC Hospitals.
Tanner Cobb, 18, of Chapel Hill was also shot and was in stable condition Wednesday, police said.
Deontae Neal, who lives on Jackie Robinson Street, thought he was “having a bad dream,” when he saw Burnette on the ground bleeding, minutes after gunshots rang out.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” Neal said, wiping tears from his eyes Wednesday afternoon.
Neal was taking the trash out shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday when he heard screaming and saw neighbors crying.
Neal said he saw bullet holes in Burnette’s head and back. Neighbors tried CPR and applied pressure to wounds until emergency vehicles arrived, he said.
“We tried everything,” Neal said.
Neal and Burnette attended the same middle school and reconnected when Burnette moved near him. The two played video games together.
“Out of all the people I know, he’s the last one I’d expect this to happen to,” Neal said. “He didn’t get into drama.”
Anyone who knows where Spikes may be is asked to call police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.
Burnette was awaiting trial on a 2015 felony larceny charge and a 2016 felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense, according to court records.
Staff writer Ron Gallagher and news researcher Teresa Leonard contributed to this story.