HALIFAX COUNTY - Deputies have arrested a suspect accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy in Halifax County. A 2-year-old girl was also shot and killed that night, and investigators believe the shootings are related.
Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that 19-year-old Samaj-Tojuan Clanton (pictured left) is charged with murder in the death of 15-year-old Keyuon Garner (pictured right).
Sheriff Tripp told ABC affiliate WTVD Garner was walking with a group when he was shot at about 9:30 p.m. Monday near 11th and Maple Streets outside Weldon. According to Sheriff Tripp, two men came out of a wooded area and began shooting.
The 15-year-old Garner was killed, while 20-year-old Calvin Robinson was shot in the back and 17-year-old Wilson Green was shot in the leg, said Tripp.
Because of the other victims, Clanton is also charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Sheriff Tripp did not explain a motive, but said during the news conference that more arrests are expected.
A second fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 2-year-old girl happened nearby about three hours after the first. At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Weldon Police responded to the 600 block of Cedar Street, where shots were fired into a home.
Police Chief Mark Macon told WTVD the gunman walked up to the house, then fired shots into a window.
A 2-year-old girl, identified by family as Dyana Anderson (pictured HERE), was killed in the second shooting, police said.
The toddler's 54-year-old grandmother, Katherine Price, was hurt, said police. At last check, she was in critical condition at a hospital.
The 2-year-old's grandfather told WTVD they were sleeping when they heard three shots.
The scene of the second shooting is less than a mile away from the first shooting. Investigators said the two shootings appear to be related, but no one has been charged for the second shooting.
Anyone with information can call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201, the Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136, or CrimeStoppers at 252-583-4444.