Shots fired at early morning Hamlet party; no one injured

By: By Christine S. Carroll - Staff Writer

HAMLET — A large party at a tidy house on Ellenton Avenue turned into a shoot-‘em-up shortly after midnight Sunday, damaging the house, a neighboring house and two vehicles parked nearby, and leaving shell casings strewn about the lawn, Hamlet police reported Monday.

No one was injured, detective Capt. Randy Dover said. And no one claimed to see who did the shooting or what had sparked it, he said. Police recovered no weapons, but Dover ruled out the possibility of a drive-by.

“Witnesses were very uncooperative and would not tell police anything,” Dover said, refusing to speculate on whether the shooting bore any connection to the latest party shooting, on Buttercup Drive in South Hamlet.

During that Cinco de Mayo celebration, a 28-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and witnesses declared they had no idea how it had happened.

Still, police made three arrests after Sunday’s party, on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct by abusive language and resisting a public officer.

• Jayshawn Quamain Bailey, 28, of Mizpah Road in Rockingham, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of resisting arrest and simple assault (online court records show two counts each). He was still being held in the Richmond County Jail Monday evening in lieu of $1,000 secured bond.

• Twenty-one-year-old Larry Swinnie, who has no known address, was charged with disorderly conduct and released after giving a written promise to appear in court.

• Alexis Laviette Shipp, 20, of Winston-Salem Street in Hamlet was charged with resisting a public officer because, a police report on the incident says, “she was upset and very outraged, due to her boyfriend going to jail for fighting.” (The report did not identify Shipp’s boyfriend.) Shipp also was released upon signing a promise to appear in court. (Her charges were not yet listed with the N.C. Court System on Monday.)

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Bailey was convicted in 2016 of communicating threats and assault and battery, both misdemeanors. The other two have no prior convictions, records show.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Police request that anyone with information about the shooting call Hamlet detective Lt. Richard Jordan at 910-582-2551 or Richmond County CrimeStoppers at 910-997-5454.

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By Christine S. Carroll

Staff Writer

William R. Toler contributed to this story. Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or [email protected]

William R. Toler contributed to this story. Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or [email protected]