First Posted: 1/15/2009
18-year-old in fair condition
ST. PAULS - A St. Pauls teenager who had been shot in the chest drove himself to the police station before being taken to the hospital for emergency surgery on Tuesday.
A St. Pauls High School student and his brother are charged with shooting the teenager in what law enforcement call an “ongoing feud” between the teens.
Randy Harding, 18, of 146 Register Road in St. Pauls, was in fair condition after the two-hour surgery at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. He was shot once with a .38-caliber handgun.
Detective Sgts. Mark McMillian and Al Collins arrested and charged Joshua Locklear, 16, and James Locklear, 19, both of McBridge Road in Red Springs, with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
McMillian said the shooting occurred on Old Stage Road in St. Pauls about 8 p.m. Harding, who was with his cousin Daniel Johnson, argued with the Locklear brothers, Jeremy Chavis and a fourth man whom McMillian said he couldn't name.
The fight escalated when Harding jumped out of his car with a baseball bat and began breaking windows out of James Locklear's Chevrolet Cavalier. While Harding was breaking windows, Josh Locklear shot Harding in the chest, McMillian said. After the altercation, Harding drove to the St. Pauls Police Department, where an ambulance took him to Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
The Locklear brothers were arrested about 8:45 p.m.
McMillian wasn't sure what the fight was about.
“They said it was an ongoing thing they had because they hadn't got along in more than five years, some sort of feud,” McMillian said.
Joshua Locklear and James Locklear each posted $5,000 unsecured bonds Tuesday night.