Police said Thursday that a man from High Point and three 17-year-old boys have been charged in a series of shootings in the city this fall.
The High Point Police Department says that the shootings happened because of gangs. Demont L. Williams Jr., 19, three 17-year-olds from High Point, and one 17-year-old from Greensboro were already charged in a shooting on Bridges Drive on Halloween night. Now, they are charged in three shootings that happened in November.
In each case, law enforcement says that the four are using cars that were reported stolen in Greensboro after they were left running and unattended at gas stations and businesses.
On October 31, two teenagers in a car were hurt in a drive-by shooting on Bridges Drive just before 6 p.m. One was shot in the head, arm, and lower stomach, and the other was shot in the arm and chest. Both of them were taken to the hospital in very bad shape, but they both made it.
The three 17-year-olds are accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting that happened just after midnight on November 8 in the 200 block of Brentwood Street. One person was hurt.
Two days later, at 8:45 p.m., police got a call that shots were fired at the same house, and police say the 17-year-olds were involved. No one was hurt, but the fire damaged a house and two cars.
Someone was shot while riding a bike on Lamb Avenue on November 13 at about 8:45 p.m., and police say Williams was involved. The person was later cared for at a hospital in the area.
In the shooting on Oct. 31, Williams and the other three people are each charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and causing serious bodily injury, three counts of firing a gun into an occupied vehicle and causing serious bodily injury, and one count each of firing a gun from within an enclosure for gang activity, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and possession of stolen goods.
In the shootings on Nov. 8 and 10, three 17-year-olds are facing many charges, such as firing a gun from inside a gang enclosure, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill or cause serious injury, and firing a gun into an occupied building.
In the shooting on November 13, one of the High Point teens, who is 17, is charged with firing a gun from inside a gang enclosure, assault with a deadly weapon, and having stolen goods.
Police said that their ongoing investigation led to more charges being brought against Williams and the two High Point teens. Williams is now being charged with two counts of possessing a stolen gun, possessing a Schedule I controlled substance, and possessing a Schedule VI controlled substance with the intent to sell or deliver it. The two High Point teens, both 17, are also being charged with having drugs and weapons.