19-year-old Rayonne Z. Ashford turned himself in to a CPD member of the United States Marshal’s Service’s Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force this afternoon. Ashford is housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime and Breach of Peace Aggravated in Nature.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on July 1, 2022, CPD officers responded to 2480 Millwood Avenue (Orange Party Shop) after receiving a ShotSpotter alert. Additional officers were dispatched to the scene. While immediately canvassing the area, officers found multiple shell casings outside and inside of the business. The ballistic evidence was collected for processing to aid the investigation.
CPD officers were soon notified that a 19-year-old male arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. Thankfully, his injury was not life-threatening.
Suspect Ashford is accused of arguing with the 19-year-old victim and a 15-year-old male outside of the convenience store moments before shots were fired. The 15-year-old was not struck by gunfire.
While the specific motive for the argument and shooting remains under investigation, the incident was not a random act of violence.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.