2 arrested, 1 wanted for murder after shooting into car in Hickory

HICKORY, N.C. — Police in Hickory say two people are in custody and facing murder charges for a deadly shooting that happened on a roadway earlier this month, but one other suspect is still wanted.

Channel 9 reported when the shooting happened on Nov. 5. Officers said they responded to Highland Avenue just before 3 a.m. after receiving a call from a person who saw a vehicle off the roadway. Two people in the car had been shot. The passenger, Khalil Rhynhart, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The driver, Eric Rhynhart, 42, was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition.

According to police, the Rhynharts were shot while traveling north on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard Southeast. Several bullets went into the car before it crashed.

On Nov. 18, the Hickory Police Department reported that one suspect, 24-year-old Trevin Ali Brown, was taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Brown is being charged with murder and attempted first-degree murder.

On Dec. 2, police announced that a second suspect, 18-year-old Jakeis Zamier Harris, had also been arrested in connection with this case. Harris has been charged with murder, first-degree attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. He is currently being held without bond at the Catawba County Jail.

Police said they are still searching for a third suspect, 30-year-old Jalen Tremaine Crowell, on warrants for murder.

Family members said Khalil Rhynhart and his father went to eat and were on their way home when the shooting happened.

“I want to know why you went after my nephew and brother,” said James Turner, a family member. “They were doing nothing wrong. They were leaving the Waffle House minding their own business. Whoever did this is kind of coward.”

Investigators say they’re still working to determine a motive for the shooting.

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