Police in Kannapolis make first arrest in series of shootings, officials say

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Police made their first arrest in a series of shootings that took place over a 48-hour window in the Kannapolis area.

Jeremiah O’Brien Mason, 18, of China Grove was arrested and charged in connection to the Kennedy Avenue shooting that occurred on Wednesday.

Mason is charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill, among other charges.

Police said from Wednesday until Friday, there were eight shootings reported near Kannapolis.

Authorities said six were in the city limits and the other two were in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

Officers said they are investigating the following shootings:

June 3

  • Shooting on Kennedy Avenue (Kannapolis) -- one victim has been released from the hospital.
  • Shooting near Marion Avenue (Cabarrus County) -- one victim was hurt.
  • Shooting on Wright Road (Rowan County) -- no one was injured.

June 4

  • Shooting on Kingston Drive (Kannapolis) -- a white SUV was seen near the scene. No one was hurt.
  • Shooting near Springdale Avenue (Kannapolis) -- a dark-colored Honda was seen near the area. No one was hurt.
  • Shooting onWest 16th Street (Kannapolis) -- a dark-colored car was seen near the shooting. No one was hurt.
  • Shooting near Holland Street (Kannapolis) -- no one was hurt.

June 5

  • Shooting at Lane Express Mart at 2013 Lane Street (Kannapolis) -- Police said right after a man went inside a store, someone started shooting into it. Officers said the man appeared to the intended victim. The man left the store in a maroon-colored SUV. Someone else in the store had minor injuries in the shooting. Authorities said the suspect left the scene in a white Dodge Charger.

"Our investigators are diligently working to identify and arrest those responsible for these incidents. This type of criminal activity is unacceptable in our city. If you know anything about these crimes, please aid us by calling Crimestoppers or our department, " said Interim Kannapolis Police Chief Terry Spry.

Anyone with information on any of the crimes is asked to contact the Kannapolis Police Department at 704-920-4000.