WILLIAMSBORO — Vance County Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking for a woman they say will face first-degree murder charges in connection with an Oct. 30 shooting at a service station at the corner of N.C. 39 and Thomas Road.
Sheriff Curtis Brame announced on Tuesday that “warrants are on file” for Tiara Zhane Seaward, from Red Clay Lane in rural Vance County between Williamsboro and Townsville.
The sheriff’s office also said they believe a “suspect vehicle” in the shooting is a 2006 black Honda Accord, license plate JHA-4249.
The car is “believed to have been utilized during the commission of the murder and will most likely display numerous bullet holes on the passenger side and rear area,” deputies said.
The Oct. 30 shooting happened outside the Shell station at the Williamsboro crossroads. One man, Devonte Cheek, was pronounced dead later at Maria Parham Health in Henderson. A second man was wounded but was expected to survive.
Authorities previously said they believe Cheek was getting out of a vehicle when “unknown subjects” opened fire from the intersection. Cheek was shot as he stood in the gas station’s parking lot.
They also said the “unknown subjects” were in a dark-colored sedan and fled north along N.C. 39.
N.C. Department of Public Safety records list Seaward, 27, as an absconder from post-sentencing supervision. She received probation after being convicted in March 2018 on a felony charge of burning personal property.
Brame on Wednesday said Seaward was still at large, but deputies are “actively working on” finding her.
He added that the sheriff’s office hasn’t known that she was a probation absconder. The state’s probation and parole staff “has not reached out to us,” he said. “They have their own enforcement.”
Persons with information about the case can call the Vance County Sheriff’s Office at 252-738-2200.
Contact Ray Gronberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 252-436-2850.