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Fatal Early Morning Shooting Under Investigation In Hickory

Fatal Early Morning Shooting Under Investigation In Hickory

Today (September 27) at approximately 2:20 a.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to Sunny Valley Apartments on 3rd Avenue SE after receiving a 911 call from a bystander who stated that someone had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers found 20-year-old Armstrong Shadrac Seme of Hickory injured from multiple gunshot wounds. Catawba County EMS responded and transported Seme to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment where he died as a result of his injuries.

A second victim, 28-year-old Jalen Michael Marquis Shade of Hickory, was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center by bystanders to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds prior to officers arriving on scene. He was later transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.

Witnesses of the incident said that three black males wearing dark clothing and COVID type face coverings approached Jalen Shade as he stood outside in front of Sunny Valley Apartments. One of the black males engaged Shade in a brief conversation prior to shooting him multiple times.

Armstrong Seme, a bystander was struck by several bullets as the suspect was shooting at Shade. The shooter was described as a black male, approximately 5’7”, wearing dark clothing and a dark colored COVID style face covering. It appears that the suspect was familiar with Shade and targeted him.  

 Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Mark Chapman at (828) 261-2628 or mchapman@hickorync.gov .