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UPDATE: Suspects charged in connection with deadly shooting in Monkey Junction area make first court appearance

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 3:57 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The two suspects charged in connection with a deadly shooting Friday afternoon at the Bennett Village Apartments off of Piner Road in Wilmington appeared in court Monday.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Quashawn Pearsall, 19, was shot just before 3 p.m. Friday and taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Ahmad Tate was charged with first degree murder for allegedly killing Quashawn Pearsall.

Tate was quiet in court but did make a point to blow a kiss in the direction of his family – who were also in the courtroom.

His girlfriend, Regina Davis, appeared via video from the jail as her friends and family watched.

Warrants say she’s accused of helping Tate leave the crime scene and driving him to her house.

She was assigned a court appointed attorney and the judge added a condition to her bond that she may not contact Tate going forward.

Just before midnight on Friday, detectives arrested 22-year-old Ahmad Shaheed Tate on King Street and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of Pearsall.

Davis was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.

Ahmad Shaheed Tate
Ahmad Shaheed Tate(NHC Sheriff's Office)

Tate is being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under no bond, Davis received a $100,000 secured bond and is ordered to not have any contact with Tate as a condition of her bond.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says the incident is believed to be gang related.

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