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Second suspect charged in Rockingham shooting

ROCKINGHAM — Police have made a second arrest in a shooting from last week that left a teenage girl injured.

The Rockingham Police Department on Tuesday announced the arrest of 19-year-old Xavier Kyshawn Brown, of Rockingham.

Brown was booked into the Richmond County Jail at 2:04 p.m. on a single count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied property, and a count of felony conspiracy.

He is being held on a $550,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 16.

An officer had been reportedly standing in the parking lot of the station when he heard multiple gunshots around 9:30 p.m. on March 1.

As he was driving down Rockingham Road, the officer reportedly saw a vehicle pulling out of John F. Kennedy Drive at a high rate of speed.

During the pursuit, Brown and another unknown suspect allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and headed toward Hood Street.

The suspect vehicle was stopped on Cabel Drive and the driver, 19-year-old Elijah Nercos Brown, of Rockingham, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Investigators at the scene of the shooting found a 17-year-old girl with multiple gunshot wounds, according to RPD. However, police say her injuries were not life-threatening.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Police are still searching for the second suspect who jumped from the vehicle.

Investigators say additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the third suspect or any other information on the case is encouraged to contact RPD via Facebook Messenger, call Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454, or submit tips through the P3 Tips app.


Elijah Brown also has a March 16 court date, as well as an appearance scheduled for the following day for failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

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Online court records show Xavier Brown has pending charges from 2022: two counts of assault with a deadly weapon; one count of disorderly conduct; and a local ordinance infraction.

Xavier Brown appears to have no prior convictions in North Carolina.

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

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