Authorities capture suspects in Newport shooting

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Suspect Dequan Malik Bullock, 17, of Henderson, sits on the ground in handcuffs after being stopped by police Monday night on U.S. 70 west of Havelock. Bullock faces numerous charges including burglary attempted robbery, kidnapping and carrying a concealed weapon.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 07:44 PM.

Authorities from several police agencies tracked down and arrested three suspects Monday night in connection with a weekend home invasion in Newport during which three people were shot.

James Alton West, 36, of Otway; and Thomas Moss, 21, and Dequan Malik Bullock, 17, both of Henderson, were charged early Tuesday by Newport Police Department on multiple felony charges related to the incident, according to a release.

All of the men are originally from the Vance County area, and Moss and Bullock have maintained contact with West since his move to Carteret County. They had been visiting West for several days prior to the shooting, police said.

After several days of drinking and partying, the suspects allegedly developed a plan to steal pills and cash from a person they thought lived at 150 East Chatham St., according to the release.

However, they found the person they were looking for wasn’t there. Police said the people inside the home at the time of the shooting had no prior contact with the suspects.

On Saturday night, Newport police responded to the home at about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a home invasion with gunshots fired. Two black men wearing hooded sweatshirts and black knit caps had entered the home and ordered everyone inside to get on the floor. As they got up, one of the suspects began shooting a handgun.

Three men, whose names have not been released by police, sustained gunshot injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. A fourth person in the home was not shot.

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