Thanksgiving Day gone wrong: Man killed in shooting, hit-and-run in Spencer

Deputies charge one with involuntary manslaughter

Thanksgiving Day gone wrong: Man killed in shooting, hit-and-run in Spencer

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - One teen is dead and another is in jail following a shooting and hit-and-run investigation in Rowan County.

The Sheriff’s office said the incident happened around lunchtime on Thanksgiving Day.

One home on Lincoln Street in Spencer started the day with a driveway full of family cars visiting for the holiday.

Around noon, one of those cars was hit and 19-year-old Tyjuan Jaquar Gibson, who was in another house, was on his way to the ER after being shot.

Gibson died in the hospital from his injuries.

Deputies have arrested Talib Latrell Kelly, 17, and charged him with felony involuntary manslaughter. Joseph Daquan Scott, 20, was charged with making a false police report and placed in jail as well.

Kelly (L) and Scott (R)
Kelly (L) and Scott (R) (Source: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

Officials believe that on Thanksgiving afternoon, Kelly and the victim, Gibson, were with several other teenager’s at Scott’s home and that at that time, Kelly possessed a handgun which discharged, striking Gibson.

Kelly and another individual then took Gibson to the hospital in Scott’s vehicle and left him there after he was taken inside the ER.

According to the report from the Rowan Sheriff’s Office, “Kelly and the other subject left the hospital after Gibson was taken inside the ER. RCSO Detectives spent the weekend identifying and locating Talib Kelly and other witnesses in this case.”

Joseph Scott made a report to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office that his car was stolen after the shooting, and reported that he only knew the subjects in his house by “Street Name”.

During the course of the investigation, deputies were able to use a K-9, to locate a 12 gauge pump shotgun hidden in the woods behind the residence.

RCSO Sheriff’s investigators also discovered Scott’s vehicle abandoned near the home of a relative of Scott on Vanderford Street in Salisbury.

An additional handgun was seized by deputies from a home off Institute Street in Salisbury. They say that gun had been removed from the original crime scene.

The investigation continues and more arrests are possible.

Carolyn Deese said her family was gathered at her home to have a Thanksgiving meal together, but law enforcement stayed for hours investigating the scene and the family did not end up celebrating.

Neighbors like Darius Lee have lived in the neighborhood their whole lives.

“Stuff always happen you don’t know when it’s gonna happen,” said Lee.

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