Shooting leads to three arrests
W. Curt Vincent Editor
ELIZABETHTOWN — A shooting in Elizabethtown on Saturday led to the recovery of a stolen gun and the arrest of three Bladen County men.
Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said officers were sent to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Quail and Gum streets at about 2:15 a.m.
“When officers arrived on the scene, they learned the description of the vehicle involved (then) located and stopped a vehicle a short distance away that fit the description of the suspect vehicle,” Kinlaw said. “During the traffic stop, officers found four suspects inside.”
Kinlaw said officers also found three handguns in the vehicle — including a .380-caliber Bersa Thunder that had been reported stolen in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Aug. 21, 2011.
“One of the suspects had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation from Dec. 20, 2013,” he said.
While officers were handling the traffic stop, they were notified about an individual who came to Bladen County Hospital’s emergency room with a gunshot wound.
“Officers learned that the victim at the hospital had been shot at the same location where officers had been dispatched for the shot fired call,” Kinlaw said. “(That’s when) they determined that the suspects at the traffic stop were involved in the shooting.”
Kinlaw also said one suspect was found to be carrying marijuana, which was discovered during booking into the Bladen County Jail.
— Saquon Reginald Covington, 25, of Elizabethtown. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and has since been released on a $1,500 secured bond.
— Antonio Lamel Murchison, 20, of Elizabethtown. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of a stolen firearm and felony attempted first-degree murder. He remains in the Bladen County jail under a $509,000 secured bond.
— David Leon Swindell, 17, of Elizabethtown. He was charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana in a jail facility, carrying a concealed weapon and probation violation. He remains in the Bladen County Jail under a $544,000 secured bond.
Kinlaw said the investigation is continuing, with additional arrests expected.
Elizabethtown Police were assisted by deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.
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