NEW INFO: Teen Arrested For Shooting Four At Church Ball Court

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A 17-year-old has now been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting at a Rocky Mount church's basketball court on Monday night.

Rocky Mount Police said they arrested Shyheim Collins, of Rocky Mount, Thursday night and charged him with four counts of attempted murder.

Officers said they expected his bond to be set at $4 million.

Collins is accused of shooting three teenagers and one 12-year-old who were at the basketball court behind Word Tabernacle Church on Monday.

Police said 17-year-old Michael Lyons, 19-year-old Jakavis Whaley, 12-year-old Nyreek Horne and 13-year-old Antwon Jefferson were all wounded.

We know Horne was taken to Vidant Medical Center and investigators said he was in critical condition. A hospital official tells WITN Horne is no longer on their patient list.

The other three victims, who have been identified as Michael Lyons, 17, Jakavis Whaley, 19 and Antwon Jefferson, 13, were treated and released.

Police said they anticipated making more arrests in this case.


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A 12-year-old North Carolina boy remains in critical condition after being shot in the head while playing on a church playground.

Rocky Mount Police spokesman Cpl. Michael Lewis said Wednesday that the condition of Nyreek Horne remains unchanged a day after a gunman sprayed more than 15 bullets toward a crowd playing basketball behind the Word Tabernacle Church. Three other males, ages 13, 17 and 19 - were all treated and released.

Witnesses could provide only a vague description of the shooter, who ran away and was seen getting into a small, light-colored SUV. Rocky Mount police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads them to a suspect.

The shooting came days after 15-year-old Brian Freeman was shot and killed nearby. No arrests have yet been made.

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Rocky Mount police indicated Tuesday morning they would soon be releasing more information about a shooting on a basketball court at a church that injured four people.

Meanwhile, the pastor at the church where the four were shot says the shooting has shocked the community. Pastor James Gailliard of Word Tabernacle Church says young people were among those shot and that they have no membership or affiliation with the church. "The basketball courts are provided as a mechanism for community children to have a safe place to play and exercise," Gailliard said. "It is regrettable to us as a faith community that this trust has been violated."

Gailliard went on to say the church is ministering to the families of the shooting victims. They are also planning a community debriefing and prayer vigil at noon Tuesday.

Word Tabernacle Church is located at 820 Nashville Road.

We'll update the story with more information from police as soon as the information is released.



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Rocky Mount Police say they're investigating a shooting at a basketball court on church property that left four people injured.

It happened just before 6:00 p.m. Monday night at 820 Nashville Road At Word Tabernacle Church.

Police say there are juveniles involved, but can't say how many at this point.

Police also say they're looking for one person in connection to the shooting, but have not released a description.

The victims were all initially taken to Nash General Hospital. There's no word on their names or conditions at this time.


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