Shooting deaths of Sharod Mathis, A’yanna Allen connected, police say


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Salisbury police confirm that the shooting deaths of 22-year-old Sharod Raheen Mathis and 7-year-old A’yanna Allen are connected as the hunt continues for their killer or killers.

Authorities announced Monday that the shooting at Firewater Restaurant and Lounge early on December 4 is related to the shooting that happened hours later on Harrel Street.

Police also announced that an arrest had been made, but not for either shooting.

Savannah Maria Queen was charged with obstruction of justice in relation to the Firewater shooting.

About 1:22 a.m. on December 4, officers were called to the restaurant at 122 Avalon Drive about a man who had been shot in the parking lot.

The victim, 22-year-old Sharod Raheen Mathis, was taken to Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center where he later died of his injuries, police said.

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About three hours later, Salisbury Police, Fire and EMS were called to 200 Harrel Street where 7-year-old A’yanna Allen and her grandmother, 56-year-old Shirley Robinson, had been shot while in their home. A’yanna was pronounced dead at the scene. Her grandmother suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

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Family and friends of A’yana filled Gethsamane Baptist Church on Sunday to celebrate her life, one week after the shootings. While they honored her memory, a police officer was posted outside the church, a reminder that her killer hasn’t been caught.

Family, friends and teachers spoke about the seven year old’s hugs, the joy she shared with others and how her life was cut short too soon.

“It took me a while to write this or even come to terms with what I was going to write. But, I‘m just going to start it off how A’yanna started her day and ended her day at school, I want ya’ll to give everybody on your left and your right a hug and a smile if you can,” asked Curtis Blackwell.

The murder investigation is still under way. Police have not made any arrests in the case.

City leaders announced Saturday at a vigil for A’yanna that a $20,000 reward was being offered for information.

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