2 charged in death of Sumter man, 1 other in N.C.

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/20/18

Two suspects who were wanted in the fatal shooting of a Sumter County man and two others in North Carolina have been arrested after one was located on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville with a concealed weapon.

Shonquez Robinson …

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2 charged in death of Sumter man, 1 other in N.C.

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Two suspects who were wanted in the fatal shooting of a Sumter County man and two others in North Carolina have been arrested after one was located on the East Carolina University campus in Greenville with a concealed weapon.

Shonquez Robinson was charged Feb. 15 with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon by Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, according to the agency.

Tiquon Deonta Brown, 24, was also charged Feb. 15 with the same accusations as Robinson. He was already in custody in Lenoir County for murder charges stemming from a 2016 investigation by the Kinston Police Department. He also was not given bond.

The murder and robbery accusations stem from an incident on Nov. 12, 2017, on West Queen Street in LaGrange, North Carolina, where shots were fired during an attempted robbery about 1:15 a.m.

John Wesley Johnson Jr., of Sumter, and Roderick Wayne Gillete, of LaGrange, were killed during the robbery, the sheriff's office said. A third victim was injured. It was reported at the time that Johnson Jr. had been visiting family when the incident took place.

A suspect, Jerrell Marquez Pridgen, was also killed during the incident.

"Our detectives have worked each day to piece together every small piece of evidence, witness interview and other information that has been gathered since that date in November to identify the other suspects that participated in this crime," Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said.

Robinson was reportedly carrying a concealed weapon on his person while on campus when he was arrested in Greenville. He is being held in Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Detention Center without bond, the agency said.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office and other local media outlets, Robinson was eating a meal and charging his phone inside a building on campus when he was detained, but he has no affiliation with the university. According to the release, there was no indication he intended to harm people on campus.