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L-R: Dakota Michael Duke, Tevin D. Seymore, Javis Black

Suspects Charged In Fatal Shooting (Updated, 5:23 a.m., 3/20/23)

25-year-old Dakota Michael Duke of Troutman and 24-year-old Tevin D. Seymore of Statesville have been arrested in a case involving a fatal shooting, which was previously reported by WHKY. Both suspects are charged with murder, attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, felony conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A third suspect, 22-year-old Javis Black of Statesville, was being sought in this case.

On Wednesday, (March 15) at approximately 10 p.m. the Statesville Police Department responded to a call for shots fired on Goldsboro Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and found people who told them that individuals in the house had been shot.

Upon entering the residence, officers found 19-year-old Zion Wilder of Statesville, deceased on the floor from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. A second victim, a 15-year-old male from Statesville, was also found inside the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

L-R: Lisa and Zion Wilder

Iredell County EMS and the Statesville Fire Department responded to the scene. The 15-year-old victim was transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment and later transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via Air Medical Transport where he was last reported to be in critical condition.

The SPD Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and began an investigation into the incident.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and responded to assist with processing the crime scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that suspects fired multiple rounds into the front of the residence, from the street, striking both victims. In addition to the victims, three adults and three juveniles, ages 14,16 and 17, were also inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Duke was arrested Friday (March 17) at his residence. Seymore was apprehended by U.S. Marshals Saturday evening (March 18) in Charleston, West Virginia. Duke was being held without bond in Iredell County. Seymore was incarcerated in West Virginia pending extradition back to Iredell County.

The whereabouts of Javis Black are still unknown, and anyone with information about his location or the incident at 610 Goldsboro Avenue is encouraged to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406. All callers may remain anonymous.

[Photo of suspects courtesy of Statesville Police Department]