Man charged with murder in teen’s killing
Posted on July 22, 2021
ZEBULON — A Wendell man has been arrested in a vape shop shooting that resulted in a teenager’s death.
Javion Zyrell Whitfield, 19, was arrested early Wednesday and charged with murder, according to the Zebulon Police Department.
Officers were called to Best Tobacco and Vape and CBD and Kratom, 407 W. Gannon Ave., around 6 p.m. Tuesday and found a teen suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Police Chief Jacqui Boykin.
Police identified the victim as 17-year-old Carlton Lamont Damon Jr. He died of his injuries at WakeMed hospital.
The shooting took place in the parking lot, and Damon ran into the vape shop afterward, investigators said.
“This type of activity is uncommon for our small town,” Boykin said. “It is heartbreaking to deal with such a senseless act in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.”
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On Wednesday morning, Boykin thanked the Zebulon community for sharing information about the shooting and circulating a surveillance photo of the suspect’s car.
“If not for your willingness to get involved, the case would not have been solved as quickly as it was,” Boykin wrote in a post to the Zebulon Police Department’s Facebook page.
Whitfield, of Apricot Wood Lane in Wendell, was held without bond in the Wake County Detention Center pending arraignment on the murder charge.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Wake City County Bureau of Investigation assisted Zebulon police in the investigation. The Zebulon Fire Department and Wake County EMS also responded to the scene.
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