Henderson teen killed in afternoon shooting

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Police are investigating the Thursday afternoon shooting death of a 17-year-old.

Ja’Quon Seward, of 710 Southerland Street, was found suffering from gunshot wounds at the corner of Nicholas and Davis streets about 1 p.m. Police said he was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police responded to a report of shots fired. At the scene, they found Seward.

At press time, there were no reports of arrests or descriptions of people wanted in connection to the shooting.

People who gathered after police arrived said they heard 10 to 20 gunshots, minutes after the neighborhood was apparently all quiet and nobody was outside.

Police officers cordoned off the intersection and the entrance of one home on the corner of Nicholas and Davis.

After removing the body, investigators combed the area and used a metal detector to help in their search for possible evidence. Investigators searched the corner area where Seward had fallen, setting up several numbered cones where items of possible evidence were found.

“I was in the kitchen doing dishes and I heard about 10 shots,” said Eric Wilkins, a neighbor from just up the street from the intersection.

Another couple said that they had been walking toward a convenience store when they heard the shots. They said there were no fewer than 10 of them.

One gentleman described the activity as “like a war zone.” He said he heard 18 to 25 gun shots.

A gathering of about 50 crowded near the police line tape around the investigation area.

Tips for police can be made by calling (252) 438-4141 or (252) 431-6063. Tips to Crime Stoppers can be made by calling (252) 492-1925, or by going online at hvcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.