Rocky Mount, N.C. — Two people are in custody after a 31-year-old man was shot and killed outside a Rocky Mount home on Thanksgiving night.
Kenneth Parker, 35, of Rocky Mount, and Raylon Parker, 33, of Enfield, were charged with first-degree murder in the death of Levaska Smith.
Rocky Mount police said they received a call about shots fired in the 2500 block of Sexton Road around 11:45 p.m.
When they arrived, they found Smith lying in the yard of a home. Smith died at the scene of the shooting.
Ring camera footage shared with WRAL News showed a man walking to a car and a woman shouting “this is our house … no.” The man then goes to a house, screaming is heard and then gun shots.
Then, two people run across the cul-de-sac, there is a flash and the sound of gunshots.
Police then pull up to the scene seconds later.
“Within it seemed like no time, the street was lined with cop cars … fire truck [and] a couple ambulances.,,” said Jim McArthur, who lives on Sexton Road. “We did see some yellow police tape up there; a lot of commotion.”
Police said the two suspects aren’t related to each other, but both knew the dead man before the shooting.
People living next door to the shooting said they no longer feel safe in their homes.
“It’s kind of scary knowing that shooting is in my neighborhood. I’ve never see it happen before or I’ve never heard any shooting in my neighborhood before,” said Angel Santiago.
A resident of Sexton Road told WRAL News that he looked out and saw a body in his yard and a woman standing over the body.
Others who heard about the shooting later said it’s a tragedy that should never happen in their neighborhood, especially on what should be a day of celebration,
“Thanksgiving doesn’t make it any better. It’s a time to be with family and just to be happy and happy we’re alive, and you never want to see anything like this happen,” said McArthur.
The two suspects remained at Nash County Detention Facility with no bond.
Anyone with information or video footage related to the shooting is asked to call Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111.