Suspect in deadly Halloween night shooting indicted on first-degree murder
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A 21-year-old is now facing upgraded murder charges following a deadly shooting on Halloween night in Wilmington.
According to court documents, a New Hanover County grand jury on Monday indicted Jaquan C. Jackson on charges of first-degree murder and discharging a firearm within an enclosure in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Carly Rae Baron.
Investigators with the Wilmington Police Department said the deadly shooting late Halloween night was the result of a verbal altercation that became violent following a traffic crash.
The shooting happened in the 3600 block of Wrightsville Avenue just before midnight. Wilmington police say officers were in the area investigating a noise complaint when they heard gunfire and rushed to the scene.
When police arrived, they saw a vehicle speeding away and performed life-saving measures on Baron, who later died at the hospital. Officers chased and eventually detained Jackson.
Police say Jackson was arguing with a group of people after the traffic crash and fired a gun during the dispute.
According to the indictment, Jackson discharged a 9mm Luger within an occupied motor vehicle to “incite fear” in Baron and another occupant.
Wilmington police previously said they believed that Jackson and Baron did not know one another prior to the shooting.
Jackson was initially charged with second-degree murder and discharging a firearm in a reckless manner following his arrest the night of the shooting.
He made his first court appearance on the upgraded charges Tuesday morning where a judge ordered his bond remain at $750,000.
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