Police are seeking advice on a vehicle seen near a Tuesday night shooting in High Point that hospitalized 1 man | criminality


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HIGH POINT — Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at the Fried Chicken Pantry where someone allegedly filmed a rap video when shots were fired from a passing vehicle.

As officers responded to the scene around 7.30pm, Kyle Johnson, 22, from Mebane, arrived at the local emergency room with a gunshot wound to the spine. Johnson’s condition is listed as critical, but stable. He was being driven by his cousin, Jamel Keshon Garrett, 21, of Burlington, High Point police said in a news release.

During the investigation, it was reported that an independent entity was filming a rap video at Pantry Fried Chicken, 2921 E. Martin Luther King Drive, which was advertised on Instagram. Video footage was obtained capturing an older model (possibly 2000s) Nissan Xterra, blue with gray trim, traveling east on Martin Luther King Drive, police said in the news release.

As the vehicle turned north on Hendrix Street, the suspect or suspects fired between six and eight shots at the group, striking Johnson, police said.

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After reviewing additional camera footage, another victim was observed retreating inside the Pantry Fried Chicken store and falling into the kitchen, suffering a gunshot wound, possibly to the arm. This victim has left the back of the company and has not been located or identified.

When Garrett took Johnson away for medical treatment, officers observed two handguns and two rifles inside Garrett’s vehicle, police said in the news release.

Garrett is a convicted felon and has been charged with felony possession of a firearm and possession of weapons of mass destruction. He was given $20,000 bond, which was posted and he was released.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of High Point at 336-889-4000 or download the P3 mobile app for IOS or Android.


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