Captain Patrick Jacobs of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office said the man arrested, Devon Everett, has an extensive criminal history. State Department of Public Safety Records, however, indicate no convictions on crimes of the magnitude he now faces — attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Jacobs said in a statement the victim is in stable condition at an undisclosed location. He said this afternoon investigators have not established a motive in the case.
Investigation began Tuesday around 12:20 p.m. after the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a male victim who stated he had been shot numerous time.
The man was located near the woods off Jordan Mill Road outside Seaboard and behind an abandoned building.
Jacobs said Lieutenant Jonathan Jenkins and other investigators quickly identified the shooter as Everett.
Everett surrendered to the sheriff’s office in the evening hours and Jenkins charged him.
Sheriff Jack Smith this afternoon praised the work of Jenkins and other investigators in the case as well as the work of EMTs and paramedics at the scene. “Without the efforts of EMS there was an especially good chance he (the victim) would have passed.”
Jacobs said the investigation continues and more charges are expected to be filed.
Everett is scheduled for his first court appearance Thursday.
In the statement, Smith commented on “ the effort put in by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators and especially Lieutenant Jenkins. I would like to thank Chuck Joyner and EMS staff from Northampton County, Chief Virginia Powell with the Seaboard Police Department and Chief Melvin Garner with the Garysburg Police Department for their assistance. I would like to thank the Northampton County 911 Center dispatchers for their diligent effort and direction in this call.”