The Wilson Times

Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:04 AM

Attempted murder suspect turns self in
Shannon Davis turns himself in following Thanksgiving Day shooting

By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor

A Wilson man charged with attempted murder turned himself in to police Wednesday, nearly a week after investigators say he shot a man in the chest.

Shannon Tashawn Davis, 26, of 406 Rogers Ave. N., is accused of shooting 30-year-old Marcus Rodrell Clemmons in a vacant lot on Thanksgiving Day. Police spokesman Sgt. John Slaughter said Davis was jailed without bond on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

The shooting happened Nov. 22 in a vacant lot on the corner of Singletary and Rountree streets. Paramedics rushed Clemmons to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he was discharged after receiving emergency care.

"The injuries were not thought to be life-threatening,” Wilson Police Capt. Tad Shelton said last week. "He was apparently very fortunate that it didn’t hit anything vital.”

Police performed what Shelton called a significant search for Davis on the day of the shooting. He remained on the run until his Wednesday arrest.

Investigators haven’t released a motive in the shooting. Police said last week that the victim and suspect knew each other.

Davis is now on probation for an October 2011 conviction of assault on an officer or state employee and marijuana possession charges in Wake County.

He served a seven-month prison sentence on a 2009 felony speeding to elude arrest conviction in Wilson County, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. Prison records show he also was convicted of marijuana possession in 2006. He received probation for that offense.

Davis has pending charges of felony marijuana possession and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana in Wilson County. He’s scheduled to appear in court on those charges March 4.

Clemmons is on probation for a 2010 drug possession conviction in Wilson County, state prison records show.

Police learned of the shooting when Wilson Medical Center notified officers that a man with a gunshot wound had arrived at the emergency room around 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Doctors transferred Clemmons to the Greenville hospital for trauma care.

The shooting site is a vacant lot that sits beside Reggie’s, a neighborhood store, and directly across from a Singletary Street home. Police closed a portion of the street and interviewed people at the house the day of the shooting. | 265-7821

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