Teenager injured; police arrest 24-year-old

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

Friday afternoon in downtown Henderson was disrupted by gunfire, leaving a teenager with non-life threatening injuries and a 24-year-old in jail.

Randy Perry Jr., of 709 State Street in Henderson, was arrested in connection with the shooting near the intersection of Church and Chestnut streets, about two blocks from Garnett Street in the heart of Henderson.

He is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury. Perry was taken to the Vance County Jail. His bond amount was not immediately known.

Shyeem Burton, 18, of 1453 Perry Avenue in Henderson, received multiple gunshot wounds to his leg area and was taken for treatment at an area hospital.

Lt. Christopher Ball of the Henderson Police Department said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Ball said the two men seemed to know each other.

“It appeared to be a confrontation that escalated into gunfire,” Ball said.

The Henderson Police Department sectioned off Chestnut Street from Young Street to Rose Avenue with crime scene tape.

Two officers maintained the perimeter of the crime scene, while at least three others collected evidence from a black Infinity sedan parked across from the Vance County Courthouse. The passenger side door was open as officers worked to collect evidence.

The shooting happened about 3 p.m., just a few hours before Chestnut would normally increase with traffic.


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