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Police seek fifth suspect after melee that erupted in downtown Burlington


Police in Burlington are looking for a man from Graham who they believe opened fire from a moving vehicle after a late-night brawl that rocked the city’s downtown development district two weeks ago.

The city’s police department has identified the suspected shooter as 30-year-old Tevonse Jamarri Brown based on tips from residents as well as surveillance footage of the melee, which occurred along the 200 block of East Front Street shortly after midnight on Friday, February 24.

Tevonse Jamarri Brown

According to the police department, the brawl began inside one of the businesses which inhabit the storefront space that had previously been home to the Company Shops Market grocery co-op. The tumult eventually spilled out into the street, although it had apparently died down when Brown allegedly fired several shots from a vehicle as it peeled away from the scene.

For his alleged contribution to the chaos that night, Brown has been charged with going armed to the terror of the public, discharging a firearm within Burlington’s municipal limits, and the illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

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Brown is the latest suspect to have emerged from the after-hours disturbance on Front Street, which left two people injured and five facing a variety of criminal charges, even as it shattered the tranquility of an area just two blocks from Burlington’s city hall.

Last week, the police department announced that four others involved in the fracas had been arrested for felony-level assault with serious bodily injury.

These suspects included 42-year-old Luther Enoch of Mebane;

Luther Enoch

41-year-old Brooks Demond Packingham of Graham;

Brooks Demond Packingham

and 39-year-old Trevon Lamar Pinnix of Burlington.

Trevon Lamar Pinnix

Also arrested last week was 41-year-old Raphael Tomar Carter of Burlington, who was initially identified as a victim of the assault due to a stab wound that he apparently received afterward.

Raphael Tomar Carter

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