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Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department have arrested three people in connection to a weekend shooting and more arrests are expected. (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.) Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department have arrested three people in connection to a weekend shooting and more arrests are expected. (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.)
Saquon Reginald Covington (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.) Saquon Reginald Covington (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.)
Antonio Lamel Murchison (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.) Antonio Lamel Murchison (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.)
David Leon Swindell (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.) David Leon Swindell (Source: Elizabethtown Police Dept.)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department have arrested three people in connection to a weekend shooting and more arrests are expected.

According to Chief Robert Kinlaw, officers were called to respond to reports of shots fired around 2:15 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Quail and Gum Streets in Elizabethtown.

Officers were given the description of a vehicle said to have been involved in the shooting when they arrived on the scene. They stopped a vehicle matching the description a short distance away.

There were four people and three handguns, one of which was reported stolen from Myrtle Beach in 2011, inside the vehicle.

While officers were on the stop, they were notified of a patient who was at the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Kinlaw said officers learned the victim at the hospital had been shot at the same location where they had been dispatched for the shots fired call.

Ultimately, officers determined the suspects at the traffic stop were involved in the shooting, according to Kinlaw.

The following were arrested and charged in connection to the shooting:

Saquon Reginald Covington

  • misdemeanor carry concealed weapon

Antonio Lamel Murchison

  • misdemeanor carry concealed weapon
  • felony possession of a stolen firearm
  • felony attempt first degree murder

David Leon Swindell

  • felony attempt first degree murder
  • felony PWIMSD marijuana
  • felony possess marijuana in jail facility
  • misdemeanor carry concealed weapon
  • misdemeanor probation violation

The investigation is ongoing and Kinlaw said more arrests are expected.

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