Home Crime 2 charged with shooting into East Rockingham home

2 charged with shooting into East Rockingham home

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Rockingham Police Department investigate a vehicle suspected to be involved with a Wednesday morning shooting in East Rockingham.
William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman are facing charges after allegedly shooting into a home Wednesday morning.

According to Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge, deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a wreck on Hannah Pickett Avenue in East Rockingham, but when they arrived on scene, there were no vehicles to be found.

About 30 minutes later, the sheriff’s office responded to a home on Airport Road, near the intersection with Hannah Pickett, after someone reportedly shot into the home, Gulledge said.

He added that the home was occupied and was shot into at least five times with a high-powered rifle. 

“We’re very fortunate no one was struck,” Gulledge said.

Deputies took down a description of the suspect vehicle — a white car with heavy passenger-side damage — and put out a BOLO.

During the investigation, deputies had Airport Road blocked between Hannah Pickett and Wilson Street, diverting traffic.

A vehicle matching the description was later spotted behind the Check Inn in Rockingham, with deputies and officers from the Rockingham Police Department responding, Gulledge said.

A .223-caliber rifle was recovered at that scene and another firearm was later found in a dumpster behind Bella Italy.

One suspect, Bryanna Nade Jean-Louis, was taken into custody at the scene. The other suspect, 19-year-old Joshua Eric Hagins, was apprehended a short time later near Monroe’s Small Engine on Mill Road.


Both are charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and injury to real property.

Gulledge said it is a domestic-related incident.

Hagins is also a suspect in an incident that occurred Tuesday night on Gore Drive in Rockingham.

According to RPD Detective Lt. George Gillenwater, Hagins was involved in an altercation with a resident and later fired several rounds into that home.

There were no reported injuries in that case either, Gillenwater said.

Hagins is facing additional charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling in that case.

Hagins is being held in the Richmond County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond; Jean-Louis is being held under a $75,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in court April 29.

Online court records show a Joshua Eric Hagins facing traffic citations for speeding, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license from the N.C. State Highway Patrol in Lee County.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show neither defendant has any criminal convictions in the state.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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