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Pair charged in Hickory shooting that left two dead, multiple injured

Hansen (Source: Hickory Police Department) Hansen (Source: Hickory Police Department)
Cumberland  (Source: Hickory Police Department) Cumberland (Source: Hickory Police Department)
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Two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting in a parking lot outside a Hickory pub early Friday morning, Hickory police say. Greydon Keith and Dontray Cumberland, both 23 of Hickory, have been charged in the case.

Police say they were called around 2:15 a.m. to a shooting at J. McCroskey's Irish Pub & Grill, located in the 1400 block of 29th Ave Drive NE.

Keith and Cumberland got into an argument with five people in the parking lot, located adjacent to the pub, before shooting at them while they were inside a car, police say. They had all been patrons at the pub prior to the shooting. 

“I have never felt this unsafe in this area. This is a shocker to hear we had a killing this close by,” said Lance Jonas, who works next door.

Justin Aiken and Cody Bouphavong, both 21, were killed. Quajuae Kennedy, 21, went to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem in critical condition. Cole Ervin, 20, was treated for gunshot wounds at Frye Regional Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

“Disbelief really, just in shock. It really has not hit until this morning,” said Brian Bouphavong, the cousin of one of the victims. “What happened this morning, last night...the setting in which it happened in is not a reflection of who he is.”

Officers were able to locate and stop the suspect vehicle around 2:32 a.m. on 1st Avenue SW, where they arrested Keith and Cumberland.

The two were charged with two counts of murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Both suspects were denied bond on the murder charges Friday. 

Police say there is no connection between the suspects and the victims.

“Wrong place, the wrong time, bumping into the wrong crowd. That is what it is,” said Bouphavong.

Those that work and shop in the shopping center are shocked.

“I just feel like it is crazy. I mean, nothing every goes on in this part of town,” said Mindy Benfield. “The local police eat here all the time, I mean I see their cars here.”

“It is just sad, it is very unfortunate. I feel for all the victims involved. It is just a sad situation,” said Kristen Deon, who works next door to the pub.

J. McCroskey's Irish Pub and Grill released the following statement:

We cannot even begin to express how saddened we are by this senseless tragedy. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims' families during this most difficult time.

We were closed at the time of the incident and most of our patrons had already gone home. The incident occurred in the parking lot in an area that is adjacent to the restaurant. We work with a local security agency to patrol our parking lot. Security was still on site; however they were not in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident.

We are working with the police and special investigators and assisting them with their investigation and will continue to do so.

This is all the information that we have at this time. 

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-261-2617.

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