The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 11, 2013

Teen arrested for connection in Wednesday's shooting


TARBORO — Tarboro police made an arrest in a Wednesday night shooting when they found one of the identified gunmen inside of a vehicle parked in the apartment complex where the incident happened.

According to police, they received a call about a shooting at Pender Square Apartments on Benson Drive, where a victim had been struck in the abdomen by gunfire.

According to Sgt. Al Braxton, when police began investigating the crime, the victim told police he heard a knock on the door and opened it to see who it was and when he identified the three suspects, he slammed the door in their faces. That's when the three suspects started kicking the door and then one of the suspects shot through the door and struck the victim.

Police questioned the victim about who the suspects were at the door and learned that shooter was 19-year-old Tymaine Trevon Hinton. They gathered information that he was hiding inside of a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Police then observed Hinton lying in the front passengers seat and arrested him.

Police charged Hinton, of 1010 Panola St., Tarboro, with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first degree burglary, possession of stolen firearm, discharging a weapon into occupied dwelling and pattern gang activity. He was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

The shooting wasn't gang-related, but police were able to charge Hinton with pattern gang activity, because they have been able to identify and connect him to a gang and to pattern gang activity.

Hinton also has charges pending in Edgecombe County in separate cases for two counts of resisting public officer, disorderly conduct, communicating threats, second degree trespass and assault on a female.

Hinton has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property two counts of larceny where he received probation for each conviction for all the cases in 2012.

Over the past year, Tarboro police have investigated 15 shooting incidents where a person or someone's property has been struck by gunfire.

The shooting incident is still under investigation and more charges are forthcoming.