Stanly County authorities have charged an Ansonville man in connection with the shooting death of a 9-year-old boy Sunday at a church fundraiser.
But they're still looking for three others they say may have fired guns at the event – including the one that killed Jamorie Hall as he lay, probably asleep, in a vending booth.
On Monday, sheriff's deputies charged Cadaron Aaron Tyson, 20, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Tyson was convicted Jan.2 of a common law robbery in Anson County in August 2007. He received probation and a suspended sentence, N.C. Department of Correction records show.
Tyson remained in the county jail Monday on $5,000 bond, and authorities may charge him with other crimes, said Sheriff Rick Burris.
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“We can put a gun in his hand,” Burris said Monday. “But there were other people with guns there, and there was more than one person there who fired.”
Witnesses have told investigators that the three others they're seeking live in Anson County, he said. The Sheriff's Office there is helping Stanly County search for the suspects. Warrants for their arrest had not been issued Monday.
Jamorie was among hundreds at an annual fundraiser for Cottonville AME Zion Church in Norwood, in southern Stanly County. Authorities said they don't believe he was targeted. They say at about 12:30 a.m., one or more people at the fundraiser fired shots into the air, then into the crowd.
A bullet went through the fabric of the booth and through a cardboard box and struck Jamorie in the head. He was taken to an Albemarle hospital, then Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators haven't determined why the shooter or shooters fired into the crowd, Burris said. “I do know it's just a crying shame that an innocent boy was in the line of a stray bullet,” he said. “It was totally irresponsible of anybody to try to shoot a weapon in a crowd like that.”
Anyone with information can call the Stanly County Sheriff's Office at 704-986-3714 or CrimeStoppers at 704-982-0711.