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Shooter remains at large in double homicide

Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 10:02 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double-homicide at the home of George Taylor III, Chief Operating Officer of TRU Colors Brewing Company.

Lt. Jerry Brewer said two people were shot and killed at the Providence Road address early Saturday morning.

Deputies were dispatched at 5:40 a.m.

Koredreese Robert Tyson, 29, and Bri-yanna Emily Williams, 21, were killed. A third person, a female whose name has not been released, was also shot and is in the hospital.

A press release from the sheriff’s office stated that Tyson was a “validated gang member.”

According to public records, the home where the shooting happened is owned by Taylor, who is the son of the founder of TRU Colors, George Taylor.

The brewery employs active gang members in an effort to reduce gun violence through economic opportunity.

Tyson worked for Tru Colors though it is unclear if he was employed at the company at the time of his death. He is featured prominently in photographs in an article Forbes posted in April 2021 about the company and its strategic partnership with Molson Coors.

WECT also interviewed Tyson in January 2018 ahead of an event organized by TRU Colors, in which he said he was a member of the Gangster Disciples gang.

WECT reached out to both George Taylor and George Taylor III for comment. On Sunday, Taylor, CEO of Tru Colors, said the following in a statement Sunday:

“Yesterday I lost a friend to violence. It’s unfortunately not the first time I’ve lost someone I cared about to violence, and each subsequent loss has weighed heavier as I see so much potential in these young men and women lost forever. Our whole team knows this, both affiliated and not. These incredible and selfless people are dedicated to driving peace on our city’s streets. And to that end, they have undoubtedly saved countless lives. But I don’t know if we ever get to zero. You see, violence comes from exclusion and a lack of opportunity, and so until all of us can come together and prioritize grace and understanding over blame and divisiveness, it will never go to zero. For peace to happen, it takes the whole city uniting and committing to change.”

WECT also requested comment from Molson Coors.

This is the second shooting at a property owned by the Taylors. Both involved Tyson.

In November 2019, a shooting on Red Cross Street injured a 19-year-old. A home at 617 Red Cross Street was also struck by gunfire.

At the time, the home was owned by George Taylor, the founder of TRU Colors. Tyson was arrested on the scene and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a local ordinance violation and going armed to the terror of the people.

Saturday afternoon, neighbors along Providence Road, where homes are valued at $300,000 and up, said they were baffled when they saw a large law enforcement presence.

“I was walking my little baby this morning and I noticed the sheriff’s deputy vehicles down here,” said Jeanine Stewart, who lives in the neighborhood. “There were several, which is not normal, and as I approached, I could see the yellow tape marking on this house.”

It is a neighborhood that is typically quiet.

“I think the most we’ve seen in six years is one car getting broken into,” said Scott Carpenter, who lives in the neighborhood. “It’s a very close-knit neighborhood that does a lot of activities together, so everyone is very cautious and keeps an eye on each other and each other’s kids. So again, this is beyond the pale of being out of normal.”

As of now, there are no known suspects, leaving those in the community on edge.

“So many people have the doorbell cameras, so I hope they catch whoever did this so we feel safe again,” said Stewart. “It’s just a tragedy.”

We reached out to the Providence HOA board of directors on Monday. It has its monthly meeting on Tuesday and may issue a statement depending on the consensus of the board.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office believes this is an isolated incident to the home and does not believe there is any danger to anyone in the neighborhood.

“We are not in a hurry to miss anything,” said Brewer. “We want to make sure we gather every single piece of evidence we can and build our case from there.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner was present when police arrived.

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