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Man, minor charged after deadly shooting: Monroe police

Police said a 23-year-old man died after being shot multiple times on Maurice Street in Monroe Monday evening. Now, two arrests have been made
Credit: (Photo: Monroe Police Department/ March 3, 2021)
Bryant Russell

MONROE, N.C. — Police in Monroe, North Carolina say two people -one of whom a juvenile- are in custody after a 23-year-old man was shot and killed Monday evening. 

According to Monroe Police, officers were called to a reported shooting on Maurice Street a little after 6 p.m. When officers got to the area, they learned 23-year-old Terence James Russell had been rushed to Atrium Union in a personal vehicle after being shot multiple times. Russell was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Police were able to determine the shooting stemmed from a fight at the Monroe Crossing Mall a couple hours earlier. 

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A little while later, around 7 p.m., officers were called to another shooting on Icemorlee Street. Police learned that 20-year-old Cameron Jordan Dawkins was taken to the hospital with injuries that aren't life-threatening. Investigators said they believe Dawkins' shooting was retaliation for the Russell's killing.

Officers were then called to another report of shots being fired on English Street around 10 p.m. Officers were not able to find any evidence of a shooting and it's unclear if that call was connected to the earlier shootings. 

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Monroe police provided an update Wednesday saying two people have since been arrested: Bryant Russell and a juvenile who police say couldn't be named. MPD's update said Terrence Russell, Bryant Russell, and the juvenile approached a car parked on Maurice Street trying to search for one of the people first involved in the earlier fight at the mall. Officers say the trio opened the passenger door of the car and tried to pull the person out, with Terrence Russell and the juvenile taking aim at everyone in the car with handguns as the trio struggled with the passenger.

However, police say the driver was able to pull a handgun of his own, shooting and striking Terrence Russell. The driver then began driving away, and Bryant Russell and the juvenile then started shooting at the car.

Bryant Russell and the juvenile both face charges of First Degree Kidnapping and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill. Bryant Russell also is charged with Discharging a Firearm Into an Occupied vehicle. Monroe police say he was arrested in Matthews with help from Matthews PD, and he's being held in the Union County Jail on those and other unrelated charges with a $290,000 secured bond. The juvenile is being held in a youth detention facility.

While the driver is not facing charges, Monroe PD says the investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be filed. Anyone with information is asked to call Monroe Police at 704-282-4700. Union County Crime Stoppers will offer a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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