A Roanoke Rapids man is wanted for a January murder and shooting which occurred at a community center in Gaston.
Captain Patrick Jacobs of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said Jacques Jefferson is considered armed and dangerous and frequents areas of Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County although he couldn’t pinpoint specific locations.
Warrants were filed for the 29-year-old’s arrest on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dexter Robinson, 53, of Roanoke Rapids.
Jacobs described Robinson as an innocent bystander who wasn’t involved in any disputes leading up to his shooting death on the evening of January 25 or the shooting injuries of three others. The other three victims continue to recover from the injuries they sustained.
Jacques Jefferson also faces charges of felony inciting a riot and felony possession of a firearm by felon.
Meanwhile, Jacobs said in a statement investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of a relative of Jacques Jefferson — 22-year-old Jakeenen Jefferson of Littleton for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
Jakeenen Jefferson is believed to frequent areas of Littleton and Roanoke Rapids.
With six others arrested for crimes linked to the dispute at a birthday party, Jacobs said overall the probe into the matter is completed but investigation continues.
Jacobs said in a previous statement at 11:36 p.m., deputies and Gaston police officers responded to 221 Craig Street to a shots fired and disturbance call.
Officers on scene cleared the large crowd out of the building when gunshots erupted throughout the crowd of people.
Sheriff Jack Smith said in the statement, “The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this situation and encourages help from the public for help in furthering this investigation. I want to thank all the agencies that helped with the initial investigation and arrests. This is a very unfortunate situation that occurred and our agency takes cases of this magnitude very serious. We will investigate it to the fullest extent.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 252-534-2611 or the Crime Stoppers Line at 252-534-1110.