3rd man arrested in Southpoint mall shooting, police say

DURHAM Durham police announced Wednesday the third arrest in the Black Friday shooting at The

Durham police announced Wednesday the third arrest in the Black Friday shooting at The Streets at Southpoint mall last November.

Lamonttae Taylor, 20, of Durham, has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, the Durham Police Department said in a news release. He was released from the Durham County jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

Police identified Taylor as the second suspect in an attempted robbery on the mall’s second floor that preceded the shooting, which panicked hundreds on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

After being taken into custody, Taylor was also charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release stated.

He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from last November that charged him with resisting a public officer, according to police.

Police have said the shooting occurred when two men approached a man selling jewelry and tried to rob him. Both the man who tried to rob the jewelry vendor and the vendor fired their guns, police said, which led to shoppers running for the mall’s exits and hiding in stores.

Earlier this month, police said they had identified Romeo Pride, 26, as the man who tried to rob the jewelry seller and was shot in the process. They charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed gun.

Until Wednesday, police had not identified the second man who they said had accompanied Pride to the kiosk where the man was selling jewelry.

The first person charged in the shooting was Jaquaay Walton, 31, of Virginia, who police initially identified in December, and charged with carrying a concealed gun.

Walton later turned himself in and was released on bond, police said earlier this month.

A total of three people were injured by the gunfire, including Pride, who was hospitalized with serious injuries. Two others, a 10-year-old child and a 58-year-old man, suffered non-fatal injuries from the gunfire.

Three other people were injured in the aftermath of the shooting.

In December, Southpoint mall management said they had arranged for a security dog trained to detect firearms to patrol the mall’s common areas and entrances with one of the mall’s security guards, The News & Observer previously reported.

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This story was originally published January 19, 2022 5:55 PM.

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