UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies have arrested two suspects after a teen was shot and killed outside a pool house in Union County Friday evening.
Deputies said 19-year-old Hunter Moore and 20-year-old Jalen Patterson were each charged with first-degree murder.
The shooting happened around 5 p.m. at the Villages of Wesley Chapel in the pool house parking lot.
Officials said when deputies got to the parking lot, they found 15-year-old Khalil McKoy suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but he later died from his injuries.
Authorities said McKoy was a student at Sun Valley High School.
“And then to find out it was a child, that’s even more shocking, and I just pray for the family, that they can get through this,” said a neighbor.
Authorities said their initial investigation shows McKoy lived in a nearby neighborhood and walked to the Villages’ pool house for a prearranged meeting with the suspects.
Surveillance video captured the suspect vehicle, a dark blue 2011 Acura MDX SUV, enter the parking lot and McKoy walk to the passenger side before being shot by someone inside the SUV.
It was then seen driving quickly away from the scene on Holton Drive going toward Airport Road.
“We didn’t even hear a gun. I mean, we’re sitting in here watching TV, and we didn’t hear a gun, but we heard sirens up, and that’s what scared us the most,” said a neighbor.
Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey applauded the deputies quick work in identifying suspects and arresting one of them.
“In less than 12 hours, this Detective Bureau has worked tirelessly together doing old fashioned police work to identify these two suspects," Cathey said. "They basically started with nothing more than some camera footage of a vehicle with no clear tag number and were able to locate it, recover evidence, identify those responsible and file charges. I could not be more proud of the incredible work done by them as well as the crime scene investigators and deputies who were involved.”
No other information has been released.
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