Suspect caught in connection to shooting at Rocky Mount church

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

RALEIGH — Police have arrested a teenager in the shooting of four people earlier this week at a church playground in Rocky Mount.

Shyheim Collins, 17, has been charged as an adult with four counts of attempted 1st degree murder after more than a dozen bullets were sprayed Monday into a crowd playing basketball at the Word Tabernacle Church. He has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a minor.

Collins was being held Friday in the Nash County jail under a $4 million bond. He had not yet been assigned an attorney.

Twelve-year-old Nyreek Horne remains in critical condition after being shot in the head. Three other young males shot — ages 13, 17 and 19 — were all treated and released.

"Members of the department are still out working the case and have served numerous search warrants," police spokesman Cpl. Michael Lewis said in a written release. "Other arrests are expected."

A check of court records shows no prior criminal charges against Collins, though any juvenile charges would not be public.

Authorities have not yet suggested a motive for the shooting or if there is any connection to the recent death of 15-year-old Brian Freeman of Rocky Mount, who was walking home with a friend two weeks ago when a car pulled up and someone started firing.

Police have offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information on either shooting.

"The department has received tremendous support and collaboration from the community and stresses this is still an ongoing investigation," Lewis said. "Anyone with additional information in this matter is urged to call the department."