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Mom: Robbery, shoot-out suspects 'made bad decisions'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The only survivor in a Friday night shoot-out with police was in court this afternoon. Jalani Smith made a video appearance from jail as his family watched in the courtroom.

"Unfortunately, they made bad decisions, and we can't take that back," his mother Regina Smith said.

As Smith's family sat in a New Hanover County courtroom Monday afternoon, they saw and spoke with their son for the first time since Friday night's shoot-out telling him they love him and to keep his head up.

"He is not a bad child, and we want him to know we are behind him 100 percent," Regina Smith said.

Investigators say late Friday night Smith, Ronald Dashawn Roland and Tevin Robinson robbed the Pizza Hut on S. 17th St. As they left police were waiting. Police said when the trio failed to follow commands from officers, gunshots were exchanged. Smith survived, but Roland and Robinson died.

"As a mother, I lost two boys: Ronald Roland and Tevin Robinson," Regina Smith said. "They're both our kids. They were in the home with us all the time."

Smith is sitting in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.

As he waits to learn his fate, his father has a message to his alleged victims.

"To the family of the victims, we as parents, would like to apologize on behalf of our kids' mistakes, and hopefully this is a learning curve for all others," Fredrick Smith said.

Wilmington Police say Friday night's shoot-out does not clear the string of restaurant robberies. WPD and several other agencies are still investigating.

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mind your business

NO ONE IS PERFECT! WHAT SO EVER..IF YOUR KIDS GOT A BAD GRADE IN SCHOOL OR YOUR HUSBAND CHEATED ON YOU AND WALKED OUT ON YOU OR IF YOU EVEN CURSED OR WISHED BAD THINGS ON PEOPLE OR SAID BAD THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE KIND OF LIKE YOUR DOING NOW,WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?? OH ANYTIME YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES DO ANYTHING THAT THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO, DO YOU CLASSIFY THEM AS "BAD" ? OK NO ONE IN THIS WORLD FOLLOWS THE RULES OR OBEYS THE LAWS BECAUSE IF THEY DID WE WOULDNT EVEN HAVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE LET ALONE A JUDICIAL SYSTEM!!!!!! I MEAN REALLY SO YOU CAN CUT THEBS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO PERFECT CITIZEN SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO READ AND DO YOUR OWN LITTLE INVESTIGATION ABOUT THIS CASE, BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY HAVE NO LIFE..I MEAN WHO MAKES TIME TO INVESTIGATE SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT GETTING PAID FOR?? OH THESE PERFECT CITIZEN WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD AND NO TICKETS HA! TO SUM EVERYTHINGUP, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TALK GOOD OR BAD, BUT IN ALL REALITY YOU SHOULD JUST MIND YOUR BUSINESS AND KEEP ALL YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF YOU ANONYMOUS CYBER PUNKS!!!! GOODNIGHT NO LIVES. I love you jay

Learn to spell

Look up James 4:12 in the bible and ponder on that for a moment. God's words, not mine.. I'm just the messenger.

Ps. You might want to learn how to spell correctly before you write such cruel words. It's enforcement NOT inforcement. :)

I wish what you said was

I wish what you said was true. He'll be back out robbing, and getting arrested, in less then 5 years. Great job WPD. Too bad the courts aren't giving you much help.

WHOA

Okay so do we have a psychic here? Who are you to say what he will or won't be doing. You guys act like you know so much when really you don't know anything when it comes to this case. These boys robbed pizza hut and they are just so evil right? Yeah they made a mistake everyone does but we have MURDERS walking our streets we have MURDERS "protecting" us. These boys were wrong their families know that but the price they have to pay for it is just ridiculous when you have rapists murders etc walking free. And as for the "connection" to the recent robberies my opinion and very many other's opinions are WPD are saying this just to make it look like they did us a favor and to make it look like they solved something. Pizza Hut had already been robbed once you think they would rob the same restaurant (different locations)?