CHIEF: Toddler & Grandmother Shooting Was Retaliation For Earlier Murder

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Weldon's police chief says a toddler and her grandmother were shot in retaliation for an earlier shooting that claimed the life of a teenager.

At an afternoon news conference, Chief Mark Macon confirmed what family members had been saying, that Dy'uanna Anderson and her grandmother, Catherine Price, were shot in retaliation.

The toddler was killed in the shooting into their home on Cedar Street, while Price was critically injured.

Family members are grateful for the arrests Thursday night.

The chief says the four were arrested in Weldon and Roanoke Rapids by multiple police agencies, including the SBI.

He said the men are acquaintances, and they are all charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder:

- Jamonte Moody, 19, of Roanoke Rapids
- Semaj Short, 17, of Roanoke Rapids
- William Cook, 21-years-old of Roanoke Rapids
- Victor Mallory, 21-years-old of Weldon

Police said early last Tuesday, gunshots hit the home as the two were sleeping. Macon can't elaborate if the grandmother was the intended target or not.

Price's husband says she was hit seven times, and Friday morning she remained in fair condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Ashanta Pierce, the little girl's aunt, told WITN that she was sleeping in the next bedroom when she heard the gunfire.

"I knew something bad had happened, I just didn't know how bad it was," said Pierce. "I didn't think it was at my house until I got up, and looked in the bedroom where Dy'uanna and my mom were sleeping and I knew it was my house then because the blood, and the bodies, you know, everything."

The shooting of Anderson and Price came three hours after 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was killed and two others wounded less than a mile away.

Authorities are still searching for Anderson's uncle, Teddy Anderson, Jr., who is wanted for Gardner's murder.

Gardner's funeral was held Friday afternoon, in the same church where the community said goodbye to the toddler earlier this week.


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Hundreds of mourners gathered inside a church Wednesday for a 2-year-old who was killed by bullets that struck inside her home earlier this month.

Police said on August 4, gunshots hit a home on Cedar Street in Weldon.

Those bullets hit Dy'ana Anderson and her grandmother, 54-year-old Catherine Price.

Price survived while Anderson died from her injuries, according to authorities.

Officials believe the shooting that killed Anderson is connected to the one that killed 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner in Wilson the same night.

Police are still searching for Anderson's uncle Teddy Anderson, Jr., who they believe is connected to Gardner's murder. Meanwhile, Anderson's family continues to appeal the community for help in solving the toddler's homicide.

The emotional 90 minute funeral was held at the Evangelistic Church of Deliverance in Weldon.

The same church will conduct the funeral for the other murder victim as well on Friday.



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Police and family members are appealing to the public for information on who killed a two-year-old girl and wounded her grandmother.

Dy'ana Anderson was killed while in her bed at the family's home on Cedar Street in Weldon early Tuesday. Her grandmother, Catherine Price, was critically wounded.

Chief Mark Macon says they believe the killers were familiar with the home, and they do not believe the shootings were a random act.

Price was listed in fair condition Friday morning at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. The woman's husband said she was shot seven times.

The shooting happened three hours after another shooting less than a mile away, just outside the Weldon town limits.

In that shooting, 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was killed, while 17-year-old Wilson Green of Weldon and 20-year-old Calvin Robinson of Halifax were also injured. Green and Robinson have been treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

Authorities have said they believe the two shootings are related.

While Chief Macon told reporters today that they can't say it the Cedar Street shooting was in retaliation for the first shooting, family members who spoke at a news conference believe that is the case.

Relatives say Teddy Anderson, Jr., a suspect still wanted in the first shooting, is the uncle of the dead two-year-old.

"I appeal to you, the community, the public, for any information to help us solve this horrific crime," said the chief.

Chief Macon says they have some evidence that looks promising in the case.

On Thursday, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp announced two people have been charged in the murder of Gardner and the wounding of the two other men.


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As deputies in Halifax County continue their search for a second suspected gunman in a pair of shootings from Monday night, one of the victims is improving at the hospital.

Vidant Medical Center officials confirmed with WITN that 54-year-old Catherine Price was in fair condition Friday morning. That is an upgrade from her previously listed critical condition on Tuesday.

Deputies said Price was shot while in her Weldon home on Monday night. Her two-year-old granddaughter, Dy'ana Anderson, was also shot in that incident. The child died as a result of her injuries.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said that shooting on Cedar Street is connected to another from three hours earlier, and only a mile away.

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, investigators said said 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was gunned down near 11th and Maple Streets. The 15-year-old Gardner was killed in the shooting while deputies said 17-year-old Wilson Green of Weldon and 20-year-old Calvin Robinson of Halifax were also injured. Green and Robinson have been treated for their injuries and released from the hospital.

By Thursday morning, deputies said they had one of two suspected gunmen behind bars.

Semaj Clanton, 19-years-old of Garysburg, was arrested at the sheriff's office Thursday morning.

Deputies said they are still looking for 18-year-old Teddy Anderson Jr. of Weldon. Investigators said Anderson is facing charges for the murder of Keyeon Gardner and two counts of attempted murder.

Deputies said there have been no arrests made in connection with the shooting of Catherine Price and her granddaughter.

Investigators have not said if the suspected gunman Teddy Anderson Jr. And the two-year-old shooting victim, Dy'ana Anderson, are related.

Weldon Police plan to host a press conference at Noon on Friday. WITN will be at that press conference and will bring you the latest as this investigation continues.


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Deputies say they're looking for 18-year-old Teddy Anderson Jr. of Weldon in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner.

Authorities say Gardner was gunned down near 11th and Maple Streets around 9:30 p.m. Monday, just outside of Weldon.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office says Anderson is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder, along with Semaj Clanton (pictured).

The 19-year-old Clanton, who lives in Garysburg, was arrested at the sheriff's office Thursday morning. Also wounded in the shooting was 17-year-old Wilson Green of Weldon, and 20-year-old Calvin Robinson of Halifax.

Deputies are hoping the public can help them locate Anderson, but say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the 18 year old's whereabouts is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-583-8201, Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444 or Weldon Police Department at 252-536-3136.

A press conference is scheduled for noon today. We'll be there and bring you the latest.


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Authorities say a man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside of Weldon Monday night.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp says Semaj Clanton has been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was gunned down, and two other young men wounded, by at least two gunmen. That shooting happened near 11th and Maple Streets around 9:30 p.m. Monday, just outside of Weldon.

Three hours later on Cedar Street in Weldon, gunfire hit the bedroom window of the Price home, killing their 2-year-old granddaughter, Dy'ana Anderson and critically wounding the child's grandmother, Catherine Price.

The 19-year-old Clanton, who lives in Garysburg, was arrested at the sheriff's office this morning. Also wounded in the shooting was 17-year-old Wilson Green of Weldon, and 20-year-old Calvin Robinson of Halifax.

The sheriff says they do have a motive, but are still not releasing that to the public. He continues to say the two shootings are related.

Tripp says everyone needs to be cautious, everyone needs to be concerned because emotions are high in the south Weldon area. The sheriff says they have implemented different tactics to deter additional acts of violence.

Clanton is being held without bond. He has a couple of misdemeanor drug charges pending in Halifax County.

There have been no arrests in the murder of the two-year-old. Weldon Chief Mark Macon says he will hold a news conference at noon Friday at the police department.


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Family members have identified the second murder victim from Halifax County, as lawmen continue to search for their killers.

Two people were killed, and three others wounded in two different shootings that happened less than a mile apart Monday night and early Tuesday.

15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was gunned down, and two other young men wounded, by at least two gunmen. That shooting happened near 11th and Maple Streets around 9:30 p.m. Monday, just outside of Weldon.

Three hours later on Cedar Street in Weldon, gunfire hit the bedroom window of the Price home, killing their 2-year-old granddaughter, Dy'ana Anderson and critically wounding the child's grandmother, Catherine Price.

Vidant Medical Center said Wednesday afternoon that Price remained in critical condition.

Authorities say the two shootings are related and they have persons of interest in the murders, but won't release many more details.


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Many communities celebrated National Night Out Tuesday, an event aimed to raise awareness against crime, but the event comes right after a violence-filled evening in one community.

Two people were killed and three others wounded Monday night in Halifax County. Now family members are dealing with an unthinkable tragedy.

Police say Catherine Price was sleeping with her two-year-old granddaughter in their Weldon home when bullets came flying through.

"At the time I didn't know my wife was shot," says grandfather Larry Price. "I thought the blood from the baby got on her."

But Larry Price says he later found out his wife was shot seven times, and his granddaughter twice. Catherine was critically injured and little Dy'ana Anderson didn't survive.

Three hours earlier, 15-year-old Keyeon Gardner was gunned down, and two other young men wounded, by at least two gunmen. Authorities say the two shootings, which were less than a mile apart, are connected.

Ben Johnston, a neighbor and 20-year Weldon resident, says he's had problems with violence and trespassers in his yard.

"We have a problem with gangs and drug-related crimes and they don't do anything with these folks," says Johnston. "It's time. They need to."

It's a message heard loud and clear by law enforcement as they gathered to greet the community in Roanoke Rapids for National Night Out on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately last night's events serve as a prime example as to why we need community involvement to help prevent crime, detect offenders," explains Bruce Temple, a Chief Deputy with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

The Price family says they have yet to make arrangements for Dy'ana or decide whether they'll hold a vigil.


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Authorities believe two shootings that killed two people and wounded three others in Halifax County are related.

A 15-year-old was killed in the first shooting that happened near 11th and Maple Streets around 9:30 p.m., just outside of Weldon. Two others, a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old were wounded by at least two gunmen.

Sheriff Wes Tripp says the older victims have been treated and released from a hospital, one was shot in the leg and the other in the back.

Three hours later, and less than a mile away, a two-year-old inside a home on Cedar Street in Weldon was shot and killed, while her grandmother was critically injured. Chief Mark Macon has identified the two-year-old as Dy'ana Anderson.

The police chief says the gunman fired multiple shots through a window, hitting both the toddler and her grandmother.

Sheriff Tripp won't say why they believe the two shootings are related, and can't discuss whether this is gang-related activity. He said they have a motive in the shootings, but can't release what that is.

Tripp says they do have persons of interest in the homicides.

Chief Macon called it an "act of violence unacceptable in our community."

Authorities have not released the names of the other victims in the two shootings.


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Two children are dead after a pair of overnight shootings in Weldon in Halifax County. Authorities aren't saying right now if the two deadly shootings, which left three others injured, are connected.

Weldon Police Chief Mark Macon told WITN that a two year old was fatally shot at 606 Cedar Street in Weldon early Tuesday. Police were called there just after 12:30 a.m. The toddler died at the hospital, according to Chief Macon, who says a 54-year-old woman who was shot is listed in critical condition. The two victims on Cedar Street were family members, Chief Macon says.

The police chief says the gunman fired multiple shots through a window, hitting both the two-year-old girl and the woman.

Three hours before the deadly shooting on Cedar Street, authorities say a 15-year-old boy was shot to death near 11th and Maple Streets, just outside of Weldon. Two others were shot at that location.

Chief Macon no arrests have been made, but they're looking for at least one gunman. The SBI and the Halifax County Sheriff's Office are assisting. Anyone with information to call Weldon police at (252) 536-3136.



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A two year old is dead, and a 54-year-old woman is fighting for her life after a shooting overnight.

Weldon Police Chief Mark Macon told WITN that the two victims were shot at the home at 606 Cedar Street in Weldon early Tuesday. Chief Macon says someone fired a gun into the house, and police got the call just after 12:30 a.m.

The child was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead in the emergency room. The woman who was shot is listed in critical condition, according to Chief Macon.

Chief Macon says police are actively processing the crime scene, and no arrests have been made. The SBI and the Halifax County Sheriff's Office are assisting with this murder and shooting. Anyone with information to call Weldon police at (252) 536-3136.


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