Armed and dangerous attempted murder suspect on the run


GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Gastonia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an attempted murder suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.

Zion Demetrious Mitchell, 17, of Gastonia, is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Devon Malik Phillips, 19 of Gastonia.

The incident occurred on Barkley Street at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Phillips was shot in the leg and chest, and transported to the hospital. He is expected to recover.

Anyone with information on Mr. Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective M.B. Watts at 704-866-6885 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000. 

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