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1 arrested, 2 more wanted in Hickory homicide investigation

Investigators found that two men were shot by a suspect or suspects that fired multiple rounds into their car.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One person was arrested and two others are wanted following a shooting that left one dead and another injured in Hickory on Nov. 5.

According to the Hickory Police Department, officers responded to a call about a car that had driven off a road near Highland Avenue Northeast, not far from Ninth Avenue just before 3 a.m. The caller told police there were two males inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds.

Police found the driver of a 2021 Kia Forte, 42-year-old Eric Rhynhart, and the passenger, 20-year-old Khalil Rhynhart injured from gunshot wounds.

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Khalil Rhynhart died at the scene, according to police. Eric Rhynhart was taken to an area hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Investigators found that Eric Rhynhart and Khalil Rhynhart were shot while traveling north on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard Southeast by a suspect or suspects that fired multiple rounds into their car.

On Friday Nov. 17, 24-year-old Trevin Ali Brown was arrested on a warrant for one count of Murder and one count of Attempted First Degree Murder in connection to the murder of Khalil Rhynhart and the attempted murder of Eric Rhynhar, according to police.

Brown is in custody at the Catawba County Jail under no bond, officers said.

The Hickory Police Department is also searching for 18-year-old Jakeis Zamier Harris and 30-year-old Jalen Tremaine Crowell, both of Hickory on warrants for murder in connection to the case, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator T. Johnson directly at 828-261-2619 or tjohnson@hickorync.gov

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