3 charged in Rocky Mount Walmart shooting, 1 still sought

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
One injured in shooting inside Walmart in Rocky Mount
A suspect is on the run after one person was injured in a shooting inside a Walmart in Rocky Mount on Friday evening.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- Police have arrested two people and one juvenile in connection with the Walmart shooting in Rocky Mount Friday evening.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Friday inside the Walmart at 1511 Benvenue Road.

Saturday morning, police said Jaylen Knight, 21, and Darius Williams, 19, were both charged with assault with a deadly weapon infliction serious injury with intent to kill. The third suspect was released on a juvenile petition to his parents.

Jaylen Knight and Darius Williams

Rocky Mount police have warrants out for Akavius Knight, 20, for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Akavius Knight

At the time of the shooting, the Nash County Sheriff's Office said it was a result of a fight between the shooter and the victim.

Marie Melvin, who was shopping when the shooting happened, said he heard two shots go off before people began to leave the store.

"I think everybody realized what was happening and they calmly, not running, running but a slow run to get out of the store," Melvin said.

The 34-year-old shooting victim is being treated at Nash UNC Health Care.

Knight has a $75,000 bond and Williams has a $50,000 bond.