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Suspects In Hickory Murder Taken Into Custody
Shonniel Blackburn
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Suspects In Hickory Murder Taken Into Custody

The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a fatal shooting earlier this week in Ridgeview. The deceased is 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn of Hickory. Three of four suspects have been taken into custody.

At about 12:30 Monday afternoon (June 13), Officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found Mr. Blackburn lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. Catawba County E.M.S. attempted lifesaving procedures, but then later pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Juvenile petitions for murder were issued for three 16-year-old males and one 15-year old-male. Under North Carolina State Law, the Hickory Police Department cannot release information to the public that would identify the suspects due to their age.

As of Wednesday morning, three of the juvenile suspects have been located and taken into custody. Investigators are continuing to search for the 15-year-old male. Anyone with knowledge of the case or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551, or contact Investigator Cadyn Laffon at

The shooting comes less than two weeks after three people were shot — one fatally — at the nearby Hillside Garden Apartment complex in Ridgeview. That incident occurred on June 2. One person has been arrested and charged in connection to the June 2 shooting.