Shooting suspect assigned new attorney

Last updated: February 27. 2014 8:50AM - 3023 Views
By Amanda Moss

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An N.C. District Court judge has ordered the production of tapes of 911 and ambulance calls related to the shooting of two women last Friday in Rockingham.

Taquan Taheem McDonald, 21, of Rabbit Hair Road, Rockingham, is the alleged shooter in the incident. The weapon used was an Arms Core Precision Inc. Long Barrel .22-caliber Rifle Model 1600.

According to court records, there was at least one 911 call placed on Feb. 21. and an order has been issued to produce all 911 calls and recordings related to McDonald, victim Melissa Taylor, 35, and victim Teresa Best, 31, both of Rockingham, in their unaltered form.

McDonald was arrested shortly after the shooting occurred at Crown Point Apartments — only a few doors away from where police said he shot the two women “multiple times.” A Rockingham Police Department news release indicates the shooting took place at about 4:38 p.m. A copy of the arrest report indicates McDonald was arrested at 5:19 p.m.

The apartments are located off on Cauthen Drive, off of Long Drive, in Rockingham. Cauthen Drive is the dividing line between Crown Pointe Apartments and Gardenwood Apartments.

According to court records, a search warrant was executed by Rockingham Police Department to search 1321 Cauthen Drive for evidence related to the shooting.

McDonald has been charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury, one felony county of discharging a barreled weapon or firearm into an occupied property and one felony county of possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to court records, McDonald was previously convicted for the delivery of cocaine in 2013 in Richmond County. The incident occurred on Jan. 19, 2012. He was later convicted on Dec. 17, 2013 and had a two-year prison sentence suspended while on probation.

McDonald was transported to Richmond County Jail shortly before 2 a.m. on Feb. 22 and held on a secured bond of $201,000. He is scheduled to appear on March 13 in N.C. District Court in Rockingham. Attorney Thomas Nichols of Rockingham has been appointed to represent McDonald on all charges.

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