Suspect in Ahoskie triple shooting expected back in court

AHOSKIE, NC (WITN) - The man accused in the triple shooting at a local gas station is expected back in court Tuesday.

23 year old Shakur Stephenson has been charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree murder for the shooting death of Lakeisha Sutton at the Murphy Express gas station on U.S. 13 in Ahoskie earlier this month.

Two other men were also shot but survived.

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The man accused in the triple shooting at a local gas station is behind bars in North Carolina.

Online records show 23-year-old Shakur Stephenson being held at Central Prison in Raleigh. He was arrested in Virginia last week.

It was two weeks ago today that Ahoskie police say Stephenson fatally shot Lakeisha Sutton at the Murphy Express gas station. Two other men were shot but survived.

Police have not released a motive for the shootings.

Records show Stephenson is due in court in Hertford County on August 30.


A man is behind bars in Virginia for the killing of an Eastern Carolina woman at a gas station.

Friday, her family is speaking out.

Her grandparents say the victim was a sweet girl who loved the Lord and they're just glad that someone has been charged in the case.

Shakur Stephenson is charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree.

He was picked up by authorities in Henrico County, VA Thursday.

He's accused of shooting at six people at the Murphy's Express gas station in Ahoskie around 1:30 a.m. on August 2nd.

The clerk working that night, Lakeisha Sutton, 23, was killed.

"She was a beautiful granddaughter, she was sweet, she was kind, and to know her was to love her," says Cassandra Lee, Sutton's grandmother.

Sutton's family is speaking out. They want her to be remembered for the life she lived and not for the way her life was taken.

"It's been stressful, I'm just trying to hold strong for her son," says Wanda Lee, Sutton's mother.

Friday, Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh thanked the public and the many law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and Virginia who helped bring Stephenson in.

"I believe without combined assistance, we would still be looking for Shakur Stephenson," he says.

For Sutton's family, it's a small comfort to know that Stephenson was found and arrested and they believe that Lakeisha is in a better place.

"She loved the Lord too and that's what really makes my heart glad, that she knew God for herself," Lee says.

The Ahoskie Police Department has already begun the extradition process to bring Stephenson back from Richmond to North Carolina to face the charges.

Sutton's funeral is planned for Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Hertford County High School and Friday night, mourners held a vigil honoring her memory.


Ahoskie police say the suspect wanted for fatally shooting a store clerk last week has been arrested in Virginia.

Ahoskie Police say Shakur Stephenson of Murfreesboro was arrested in Henrico County, Virginia.

He was wanted for the triple shooting last Wednesday at the Murphy Express on U.S. 13 in Ahoskie.

Lakiesha Sutton, 23, a clerk at the store, died several hours after the shooting at the hospital.

Two other men who were injured survived.

A local resident and Ahoskie native told us Sutton was shot on what was supposed to be her day off. He says she had been asked to come in that night when a coworker called in sick.

A candlelight vigil is planned in her memory Friday night.

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Police have identified the store clerk who was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in Hertford County.

Three people were by by gunfire outside the Murphy Express on U.S. 13 in Ahoskie.

Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh told WITN that the clerk has been identified at Lakiesha Sutton. He said the 23-year-old passed away around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday in a Norfolk hospital.

Police are continuing to search for Shakur Stephenson of Murfreesboro. He is wanted on one count of murder and five counts of first degree attempted murder. They say Stephenson should be considered armed and dangerous.

In addition to Sutton being killed, police say one man was shot in the foot and another in the buttocks.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Stephenson should call 911.

Police say they would also like to speak with Andre Taylor, who they say was a passenger in the vehicle Stephenson was driving.