Wake County man brought 1-year old, newborn to drug deal turned murder, warrants say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Wake County man is facing child abuse and murder charges after bringing a 1-year-old and newborn baby to a drug deal that ended with a deadly shooting, according to warrants.

James Adam Hooker, 25, of Fuquay-Varina, allegedly brought the children with him to purchase narcotics, Wake County warrants said.

According to the warrants, Hooker shot and killed Michael Antwan Farrington, 36, of Cary, during the deal.

That shooting happened Monday evening in the 4600 block of Arrowhead Drive near Apex just before 6 p.m.

Witnesses told the Wake County Sheriff's Office Hooker and Farrington had a physical altercation before the shooting - while Hooker's girlfriend and children were in a car nearby.

Farrington died from his injuries at WakeMed Monday night.

Hooker is charged with two counts of inflicting serious mental injury or physical injury to a child and first-degree murder.

On Tuesday, ABC11 spoke to the victim's father, who went to the home where Farrington was shot multiple times.

"I'm trying to deal with the fact that he don't bother anybody," Mike Simms told ABC11. "He's a good person and this shouldn't have happened to him. I'm hurt (and) angry at the same time. I can say, personally yesterday, revenge was on my mind."

Simms said Farrington had three children of his own.

"They're taking it real hard," Simms said.

Hooker is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.
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