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Suspects developed in March murder; gang activity suspected

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The Enfield Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation have developed suspects in a March 27 murder and linked it to gang activity.

The victim in the murder, Wendell Sanders Jr., had no gang ties, Enfield Detective Willie Murphy Jr. said.

He said, however, the men wanted in the case, Jerrel Ryshawn Jones, 25, and Montreal Rayshum Williams, 26, were allegedly targeting a rival gang member at the time of the shooting on Bell Street when Sanders was shot and killed in the crossfire.

Two other victims were struck in the 9 p.m. shooting, one of them the rival gang member and the other a person who had no gang ties, Murphy confirmed. The detective declined to name the gang member who was struck.

Murphy said Jones and Williams frequent the Scotland Neck area and have family ties in Enfield.

Chief Tyree Davis said in a statement the two men frequent other areas of Halifax County.

Continued investigation of the case led to warrants being filed against Jones and Williams for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, felony discharge a firearm as part of street gang activity and felony conspiracy.

Murphy said the pair should be considered armed and dangerous.

The detective also said the SBI was instrumental in the case. “I thank the SBI. They have been an extraordinary help.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Halifax Central Communications at 252-583-1991 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

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