A fourth suspect has been charged with murder in connection with a morning gang-related shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured several others in December 2015.
Shaquan Lannell Palmer, 22, of Wilmington, was arrested in Greensboro Friday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.
Palmer is the fourth person charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 16-year-old Shane Simpson, a New Hanover High School student, who was killed just before noon in a drive-by shooting at the corner of 11th and Castle Streets on Dec. 20, 2015, a Sunday. Four other teens, ages 15 to 17, were also injured in the shooting but have since been released from the hospital.
Three other suspects were previously arrested and charged in connection with Simpson’s death. Anthony Travis Slaughter, 21, made his first appearance last month in New Hanover County District Court on a charge of first-degree murder and other drug charges. He was arrested January 4 during a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Princess Place Drive, Lindsay said at the time of his arrest.
Slaughter is currently being held in the N.C. Department of Corrections, serving out a sentence on two drug charges, including selling a schedule I controlled substance. His sentence began on Jan. 11, 2016 with a projected release date of Oct. 12, 2017.
Tyrek Desmond Anderson, 17, and Deandre Nixon, 16, were arrested in the days following Simpson’s murder. They faced first-degree murder charges in the case during a first appearance in district court on Dec. 28, 2015. The suspects’ bonds were set at $9 million secured.
In September 2013, Palmer was previously one of three people arrested and charged in connection with an afternoon shooting that injured a man and woman in the 800 block of North 30th Street.
Palmer was booked at the Guilford County Jail in Greensboro without bond, according to jail records.