EAST ARCADIA — A drive-by shooting Friday afternoon left two people injured and resulted in two men being arrested and warrants issued for two other men who remain on the loose.
The incident took place at about 2:30 p.m. on Carter Road in East Arcadia, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, and several 9-1-1 calls were received.
“The callers said at least two people had been shot and gave a description of the vehicle involved,” McVicker said. “One of my deputies who was responding to the call met a vehicle matching the description on NC 211 near Council and when he attempted to stop them they fled at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued them several miles and were able to force them off the road on Mercer Mill Road just before they entered the city limits of Elizabethtown.”
He added that two men — since identified as Jamie Tyquan Powell, 26, of Elizabethtown, and Donte Premier Jones, 19, of Clarkton — jumped from the fleeing vehicle and at least one weapon was tossed from the vehicle, which deputies later recovered.
Deputies arrested the two men remaining in the vehicle — identified as Trent Martin Jr., 24, of Elizabethtown, and Phil Andrew Wilson Jr., 26, of Elizabethtown. Martin was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm from within an enclosure; Wilson Jr. was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm from within an enclosure.
Officers responding to the shooting scene on Carter Road learned from witnesses that the four individuals drove by a residence where there were at least 10 individuals sitting around outside and began firing. The victims all scattered — but two were hit by the gunfire and transported by private vehicle to New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The two shooting victims were identified as Gyrell Munn, 43, of Riegelwood, and Tina Simpson, 18, of Riegelwood.
“Officers learned this was a retaliation type shooting from one that had occurred earlier (Friday) in Columbus County,” said McVicker. “We have worked with Columbus County deputies to assist them on their investigation.”
Although still on the run, Powell and Jones have each been charged with numerous crimes. Jones is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm from within an enclosure; Jones is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of discharging a firearm from within an enclosure.
“The sad part of this was how senseless it was,” McVicker said. “Neither one of the two people shot were involved in the earlier altercation. They were two people doing nothing wrong. My deputies collected over 30 spent shell casings at the scene. Witnesses said all four individuals in the vehicle were firing weapons This type of violence will not be tolerated. These men put too many lives at stake for no good reason.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Powell and Jones are urged to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. Calls will be kept confidential.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.