COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police in Whiteville have made a big break in last week's shooting. Two teens have been arrested, and authorities are looking for a third.
The teens are charged with stealing the car used in last Friday's drive-by shooting. Whiteville police say 17-year-olds Justin Wright and Connail Reeves broke into an auto center in Whiteville in the early morning hours of Friday, September 21, and stole a silver Ford Taurus and a .25 caliber handgun. Less than 24 hours later authorities say that same Ford Taurus was caught on surveillance at Sam's Pit Stop in Lake Waccamaw, firing shots into a crowd of people after the East Columbus and Whiteville football game. Darnell Frink, 22, was killed in that shooting; two others were shot in the legs.
Hours later, authorities found the Taurus in flames off Stanley Circle in Whiteville. The next day, police arrested Reeves for an unrelated crime. In his possession was the .25 caliber handgun stolen from the auto center a day earlier.
A third suspect — 19-year-old Santonio Jenerette — was with Reeves at the time of his arrest. He took off running and is now wanted by police.
Police say Wright is not a murder suspect because he was in jail at the time of the drive-by shooting. He was caught with a handgun in school that morning.