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NEW INFO: Gun Found Near Child Care Center During Manhunt

Deputies say three people have been charged after a manhunt Thursday evening involving armed men near a child care center.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says a motorist saw shots being fired from a van stopped on Banks School Road outside of Kinston. The motorist told 911 that he saw a passenger firing a handgun into an open field.

Hill says Major Jim Ward happened to be on Banks School Road and headed in the direction of the caller, who was keeping up with the van.

Major Ward met the van near Crestview Road and turned around. The van, according to the sheriff, began accelerating but as it was attempting to turn onto Eastwood Drive it lost control and struck a ditch. It continued on Eastwood where the driver abruptly stopped in a driveway.

Hill says the people in the van ran toward ABC123 Academy, a child care facility on Hill Farm Road. That facility went on lock-down as soon as they learned what was happening. The sheriff says a loaded handgun was found by officers near the child care facility, while deputies quickly set up a perimeter.

With the help of Kinston police and state troopers about 30 minutes later the three were taken into custody near Memory Lane. Hill says about two hours later a fourth person was taken into custody on Banks School Road by an off-duty Greenville police officer.

Allen McMillan, Jr., Dedrick Dail, Jr. And Deshawn Dail were all charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A fourth man was released, but Hill says he remains a person of interest in the investigation.

The sheriff says they believe the group may be connected with some other type of activity that happened before being spotted on Banks School Road. He says there is a possibility that another firearm was used in this case and is warning area residents if they find it to immediately call 911.


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More information is expected this morning about the manhunt for several men that the Lenoir County Sheriff says were in a van that shots were fired out of.

Sheriff Chris Hill told the Kinston Free Press that he believed all the suspects were in custody late Thursday. Hill originally said they were looking for five people, but it's possible only four people were in the van where the gun was fired.

Sheriff Chris Hill tells WITN just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday, five men were seen with a handgun out the driver's side window of a black minivan, firing it into a field a couple of streets over from Eastwood Drive in Kinston. Hill says the van drove off, and once deputies were in pursuit, it ran off the road in front of an Eastwood Drive home.

Three people had been arrested later Thurday night, Hill said.

One gun was found nearby at a daycare, but Sheriff Hill says another gun may be out there. If anyone in the Eastwood Dr. area finds a gun, they're asked not to touch it and quickly call law enforcement.



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Three men were taken into custody Thursday night and two more were on the loose, after Lenoir County deputies say they were seen firing a gun into a field, before driving away to avoid law enforcement. They say the men ditched the van they were in and they found a handgun behind a daycare.

Sheriff Chris Hill tells WITN just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday, five men were seen with a handgun out the driver's side window of a black minivan, firing it into a field a couple of streets over from Eastwood Drive in Kinston. Hill says the van drove off, and once deputies were in pursuit, it ran off the road in front of an Eastwood Drive home.

All five men took off, but Hill says three are in custody. Hill says neighbors saw at least two men with weapons when they ran from the van.

"We have recovered a firearm just behind this home here at the daycare center. We think we either have somebody running around with a gun, or we have another firearm on the ground somewhere," Said Hill.

The sheriff's department planned to clear the scene shortly after 8:00 p.m. Thursday once they were done searching the van.

Sheriff Hill says if anyone in the Eastwood Drive area sees a handgun on the ground don't pick it up. Call the sheriff's office.

None of the 3 men in custody had been charged as of late Thursday because they were still being questioned.

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Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says three men are in custody after a manhunt Thursday night in Kinston.

Sheriff Hill says a driver called in a report of someone shooting a gun from a black van and deputies responded around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The driver ditched the van on Eastwood Drive near Banks School Road off Highway 258. Sheriff Hill says 5 men were in the van. Three are in custody and deputies found a handgun. Deputies are still looking for 2 more men.

No one was injured when the gun was fired from the van.

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The Highway Patrol confirms troopers are assisting Lenoir County Sheriff's deputies in a search in Kinston near West Vernon Avenue and Highway 258.

Witnesses say shortly after 6:00 p.m Thursday there was a shooting in the area. They say officers were stopping cars and questioning people.

The Highway Patrol helicopter and several patrol cars were in the area
Thursday night.

We are waiting for word from the sheriff's office about details on the incident and search. Lenoir County and Highway Patrol dispatchers are not releasing any information about a possible shooting, if anyone was injured, or details about who they are looking for.

We have a reporter at the scene and will bring you details as they become available.


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