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Man wanted for first-degree attempted murder in Jan. shooting arrested


ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- Elizabethtown Police arrested a man who was wanted for first-degree attempted murder since a shooting that landed one person in the hospital back in January.

Police say they arrested Saquon Covington, 25, Friday morning, after finding him inside a car police stopped near East Broad and Lower streets. This comes after a shooting on January 18, when Covington was first charged in connection to the crime.

Elizabethtown Police say it all started when they responded to a shots fired call near Quail and Davis streets, just after the shooting suspects took off in a car from the scene. Police say they arrested several suspects soon after, including Covington, charging him with carrying a concealed weapon.

It wasn't until after Covington bonded out of jail that night, though, that police say a man showed up at the hospital's emergency room with a gunshot wound. Officers say they have been looking for the 25-year-old ever since he was released from jail, and say Covington never showed up for his court date on the concealed weapon charge.

He is now charged with first-degree attempted murder and failure to appear. Covington is in the Bladen County Jail under a $1,010,000 bond.

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