INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Deputies said a man has been arrested and charged with murder after a fatal shooting in Indian Trail at the end of August.
The double shooting that left one man dead and another seriously hurt stemmed from an ongoing feud between the two, authorities said.
The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. on August 30 at a house on Idlewild Road near Hemby Bridge.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office said they were responding to a shots-fired call when they learned 34-year-old Jimman Lee Darrente Rice, AKA “Krunk,” and 21-year-old Diontre Keishawn Lipscomb, AKA “Payroll,” had been shot. Rice died from his injuries.
Lipscomb was arrested Friday after being released from a hospital and is facing charges of first degree murder and possession of firearm by a felon.
Investigators said the house was rented through Airbnb and was hosting a large pool party at the time of the shooting.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office told Channel 9 the party had been going on for two days with an estimated 200 to 300 people there and the department responded to numerous complaints.
A source sent a flier for the party to Eyewitness News anchor Susanna Black. It read “no drama and no weapons.”
Authorities said the shooting appeared to have happened in the gravel driveway leading up to the house and investigators are confident that Lipscomb, Rice and at least one other unknown person with Rice exchanged gunfire.
After the shooting, deputies said several people with Rice put him in a van and drove him to Novant Matthews where he was pronounced dead. EMS rushed Lipscomb to Atrium Main where he underwent surgery and was hospitalized.
Deputies are still working to piece together why Rice and Lipscomb were feuding but said it appeared to have ties to a drive-by shooting that happened in Kannapolis earlier this year that injured a child believed to be Lipscomb’s brother.
Residents who live in the area told Channel 9 it was a terrifying way to wake up. One woman said her father woke up with a bullet hole in his window.
“I just heard pow, pow, pow, pow, pow -- a bunch of shots,” the woman said. “I don’t know how it all went wrong, but with 200 people or more and I said now I seen at least 200 cars, you know something is going to go wrong.”
Airbnb has announced parties were prohibited on all bookings on rental homes and the limiting occupancy was down to 16 people. Because coronavirus-related closures of bars and nightclubs has led to an increase in big house parties, Airbnb made the decision to restrict rentals to prevent parties that can draw large crowds.
Airbnb also said it may pursue legal action against guests and hosts who violate the ban.
An Airbnb spokesperson released the following statement:
“We are horrified by the reported incident and have suspended the listing and booking guest as we urgently investigate. Airbnb bans parties in our listings, and we stand ready to support The Union County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation into this senseless violence.”
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.
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