The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has identified the person who died in a shooting Tuesday in Sawmills. The deceased is 18-year-old Cedrick Jovon Harshaw of Granite Falls.
Just after 11:30 Tuesday morning (January 5), Deputies were dispatched to an incomplete 9-1-1 call from The Market Basket on U.S. Highway 321-A in Sawmills. Shortly after the first call, a second call came in from an employee at the Market Basket. The caller said a shooting had just occurred. Deputies and First Responders arrived on the scene, secured the scene, and rendered aid to those injured. An investigation was launched.
Investigators learned that the shooting stemmed from an incident that occurred at a neighboring business (Bolick’s Tire) the previous day. Just before 10 a.m. on Monday, January 4, an employee at Bolick’s Tire said he was threatened with a gun after asking an individual to leave the property. The employee said the individual was asked to leave after approaching several customers and asking for money and transportation. Deputies responded, but were unable to locate the individual who pointed the gun. That person was described as a black male, about 20 years old, wearing a red jacket and black pants.
Prior to the shooting on Tuesday, another employee at Bolick’s Tire said he saw the same man pointing a gun at their co-worker as the co-worker entered the Market Basket. He then told his co-worker what he had seen. The employee who reported the incident on Monday immediately went to the Market Basket and went inside. A short time later, two other Bolick’s employees walked over to the Market Basket. A physical altercation began in the store between the first Bolick’s employee and the man wearing the red jacket. The fight ended and the parties were separated.
A Market Basket employee asked everyone to leave the store. Other witnesses said the man in the red jacket exited the store and fired multiple shots from a handgun he had on his person. Two shots hit one of the Bolick’s employees who was not an active participant in the fight. The wounded man fired multiple rounds from a handgun he had on his person. The man in the red jacket was hit. Another Bolick’s employee who was not an active participant in the fight also fired one round.
The two men who sustained gunshot wounds were transported to the hospital by E.M.S. personnel. The man in the red jacket was identified as Cedrick Jovon Harshaw. He later passed away as a result of the gunshot wounds. The Bolick’s employee who was shot was treated and later released.
Sheriff’s Investigators are currently working with the District Attorney’s Office.