At about 3:35 this morning (October 19), Hickory Police responded to the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. where two people were shot in room #141. Police found 37-year-old Christopher Scott Burton with a gunshot wound to his arm and 46-year-old Carlie Rene Burton with a gunshot wound to her chest. Both victims were taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center where they were treated and released. About ten minutes later, Officers responded to the 900 block of Highway 70 S.W. where they found 25-year-old Marquel James Jackson with a gunshot wound to his right leg.
During the investigation, Officers learned that Marquel Jackson and three other men went to the Budget Inn Express with the intent to rob the Burtons. According to a press release from H.P.D., Jackson and two other men walked to the victim’s room while a third man remained in the vehicle. Christopher Burton attempted to flee the room, but was shot in the arm by 25-year-old Olajawan Hairston. Hairston then shot Carlie Burton in the chest and shot the Burton’s dog. The third suspect in the room has been identified as 26-year-old Raheem Cordeigh Hauser. The suspect who remained in the vehicle has not been identified.
Marquel Jackson was then shot by Olajawan Hairston while he was attempting to flee from the suspect vehicle. Jackson was treated and released at Frye Regional Medical Center. He has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was given a $20,000 secured bond and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.
Warrants have been issued for Hairston and Hauser. Winston-Salem Police stopped the suspect vehicle at about ten o’clock this morning. Two subjects believed to be Hairston and Hauser ran from the vehicle and escaped apprehension. It is believed that the suspects may still be in the Winston-Salem area. They should be considered armed and dangerous.