Juvenile charged in Dec. 9 shooting

Allegrianna Rene Johnson
Allegrianna Rene Johnson

4:50 p.m. See updated story.
The second suspect has been jailed in the Dec. 9 shooting of Tabitha Reaves of Whiteville.

The sheriff’s office reported that the second suspect is a male juvenile who was taken into custody Dec. 14, the day before Allegriana Johnson was arrested.

Reaves, Juwan Washington and an infant were in Reaves’ BMW automobile at the intersection of Complex Street and Swamp Fox Highway when Johnson and the juvenile allegedly opened fire. 

Reaves was shot in the head while shielding her child from the gunfire, investigators said. Washington and the toddler were not injured, but Reaves was critically wounded in the attack. Her condition has since improved, according to the sheriff’s office.

A passerby, Brett Godwin of Clarendon, was cut by broken glass when a stray bullet struck his truck window. His injuries were not considered life threatening, and none of the other passengers in his vehicle were hurt.

Washington moved Reaves to the passenger seat and transported her to McLeod Loris Hospital. Tabor City police were contacted by Loris Police who were trying to stop Washington for speeding en route to the hospital.

Further investigation showed the shooting actually occurred in the county, so it was turned over to the sheriff’s office for investigation.

Reaves and the juvenile are charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and one charge each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Johnson is being held under $400,000 secured bond. 

The juvenile was arrested at the Columbus county Sheriff’s Office, and is being held at the Blue Clay Juvenile Detention Center in Wilmington.

Johnson, 25, listed Tom Boy Court, Loris as her address.

The investigation is continuing.

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