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Gladewater authorities charge teen in shooting

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Jan. 10, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Accused of shooting a teenager at a Gladewater park, Kari-Darryieus Harper, 17, of Gladewater walked into the Gladewater Police Department about 6 p.m. Monday and turned himself in.

Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander said Harper was escorted by his pastor.

The Gladewater High School student was arraigned Tuesday morning on $75,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury after authorities issued an arrest warrant in connection with a Saturday morning shooting in which 16-year-old Nick Johnson was injured.

Officers were dispatched to Weldon Bumblebee Park on South Main Street about 12:20 a.m. after receiving a call reporting multiple shots being fired.

According to an arrest warrant, Harper and Johnson had agreed to meet at the park.

The victim told officers he went to the park with two of his friends.

"Johnson said as soon as Harper got out of his vehicle, (Harper) began firing at Johnson, striking him once in the head," the warrant stated.

Johnson told police he started running away from Harper, but Harper continued to shoot.

Alexander said the victim's friends drove him to the Valero gas station near the intersection of U.S. 80 and Lee Street, where they called 911.

While others witnessed the shooting, Alexander said he didn't expect charges to be brought against anyone else who witnessed the dispute.

"We're still interviewing witnesses to determine how the fight started," Alexander said.

According to the warrant, witnesses gave similar testimony of what happened , maintaining Harper shot at Johnson several times.

Investigating officers also found several shell casings and projectile evidence at the park.



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