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Police: Investigation into fatal Chadbourn shooting to take more time

According to police, James Blackwell, 23, fired a rifle from a home on Third Avenue into a house across the street. According to police, James Blackwell, 23, fired a rifle from a home on Third Avenue into a house across the street.

CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – Police in Chadbourn say an investigation into a fatal shooting that happened in December is taking a little longer than expected because of the type of gun that was involved.

According to police, James Blackwell, 23, fired a rifle from a home on Third Avenue into a house across the street. The bullet hit three people, killing one, in the process.

Jasmine Thar, 16 of Charlotte, Jahmeshia McMillian, and Traeka McMillan, 42, were outside, loading up their car for a trip to Myrtle Beach. Thar died of her injuries.

An initial investigation shows the incident may have been an accident as the result of Blackwell attempting to clean his rifle. The young man was taken into custody but was later released and has not been charged.

According to Shaw, the SBI is on back log, but due to the sensitivity of the incident, he believes the investigation into the gun will have priority on their list. Shaw expects to hear something soon.

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