2 teens shot at North Carolina Christmas parade


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SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Police say one person has been arrested in a shooting that happened during a Christmas parade in Sanford, North Carolina.

Sanford Police Sgt. Vincent Frazier said 20-year-old Deion Jamille Johns was arrested Monday and charged with several crimes including attempted murder.

Authorities say two people were hurt in the shooting that happened Monday night around 8 p.m. at Sanford’s annual Christmas parade in front of Perry Brothers Tires Service. 

Police told WRAL that Sean Dimitrius Matthews, 18, of Sanford, was in critical condition at UNC Hospitals with gunshot wounds to his stomach, arms and leg. Jadakis Tysor, 16, of Sanford, was hit in the arm by a bullet and was treated and released.

WRAL reported that officers chased and caught Johns. Police believe Johns shot both men, and they charged him with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a weapon at a parade and going armed to the terror of the people.

Johns was being held in the Lee County jail on a $360,000 secured bond with a first court appearance scheduled for Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

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