LUMBERTON — Two people are charged with shooting three teenagers in broad daylight Thursday in the Godwin Heights community, leaving two of them critical condition.
A third person was detained after being apprehended by City Councilman Burnis Wilkins, an off-duty auxiliary police officer and law enforcement instructor who gave chase after hearing a barrage of gunfire.
Jasean Rakeem McArn, 21, of Hope Mills, and Jaquan Quadrick McLellan, 19, of the 5700 block of N.C. 211 in Lumberton, are charged in the shootings, according to police Capt. Terry Parker.
McArn and McLellan are each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and conspiracy to commit murder. Each was jailed under a $1 million bond.
Jacob Hill, 18, of Kings Cross Road in Lumberton,H annah Locklear, 16, of Dew Road in Fairmont, and Hannah Moore, 17, of Lindsey Court in Lumberton, were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Hill and Moore, both of whom suffered critical injuries, were transferred to undisclosed hospitals. Locklear remains at Southeastern Regional in serious condition.
The shootings took place about 4:24 p.m., according to Parker, and were heard by Wilkins, who was at his home. Wilkins saw an armed male and chased him down Vance Drive and detained him. Information on how McArn and McLellan were taken into custody was not immediately available.
According Wilkins, who has more than 30 years in law enforcement, the situation he encountered on Thursday was first.
He wrote on Facebook that he saw a “very young male just out of high school” after he heard “over 20 gunshots.”
“He didn’t know I was behind him and as I approached and ordered him to the ground, he turns with a cell phone in one hand and a semi-automatic firearm in the other and in just a millisecond I noticed the slide back on the weapon indicating he was out of bullets,” Wilkins wrote. “Had my eyes not been focused on that barrel and my training kicked in, that young man would be dead or very seriously injured. Once detained he was very respectful but was in possession of a stolen weapon. In my career, I have pulled my weapon many times and been shot at twice. But never have I been less than 10 feet from someone that suddenly faces you with a firearm right after you know a serious incident has just taken place.”
More arrests are likely as the investigation continues, Parker said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Dereck Evans or Yvette Pitts at 910-671-3845.