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Suspects in mother, son shooting appear in court

Friday, September 07, 2012

Authorities have charged three suspects after a woman and her 8-year-old son were shot mulitple times at a home in Smithfield Wednesday evening.

It happened just before 8 p.m. on Tow Bridge Street. Jalissa Michelle Wallace was shot in neck. Her son, Jeremiah, was shot five times.

Jeremiah Wallace was last listed in good condition at WakeMed. Jalissa Wallace was in fair condition.

According to 911 calls, a witness told a 911 operator that after she heard gunshots, she saw at least two people get into a gray car and a silver Chevy Malibu.

The victim's sister also called 911 in a panic after the shooting.

"Please come. Someone shot at my house ... my sister ... my sister is shot," she said.

Police said another woman and child were also inside the home at the time of the shooting, but were not hurt. Two adjacent homes were also shot at, but no one else was hurt.

Twenty-two-year-old Mister Premier Height, of Kinston, was charged with 24 counts of accessory after the fact of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and two counts of accessory after the fact of attempted murder.

Both 35-year-old Cornel Breon Harper, also of Kinston, and 26-year-old Sameer Muhammod Edgar, of Detroit, are charged with 18 counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, six counts of inflicting serious injury with a deadly weapon, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

All three suspects are currently in the custody of the Johnston County Jail under $2 million bonds. All were appointed attorneys at their first court appearance Friday. They are scheduled to appear in court again Sept. 20.

Jeremiah is a second grader at South Smithfield Elementary School where his classmates have been busy putting together care packages for him.

"Currently our students are still working on cards and pictures for the student," said Tracey Peedin Jones, with Johnston County Schools. "This is an excellent outlet for our students to be able to express their best wishes toward the student and his family."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Smithfield Police Department's tip line at (919) 989-8835.

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