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Catawba man injured in shootout

April 30, 2012

A Catawba man was one of three injured early Saturday morning during a shootout at a Hickory gas station.

Jamar James, 31, of Catawba, was shot in the back about 2:15 a.m. Saturday during what police believe to be a gang-related shooting at the Hickory Quality Mart Shell gas station.

Police say the shooting stemmed from an argument between at least two groups at the La Rumba night club earlier that evening.

At the gas station, the two groups used pistols to exchange dozens of rounds back and forth, hitting three occupied vehicles in the area.

James was shot while sitting in a BMW convertible car. Anwar Vanchass Powell, 27, and Terrell Lee Mitchell, 22, were also shot while sitting in a Toyota Camry, according to a press release from the Hickory Police Department.

All the suspects sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Bullets also struck a car occupied by four women, according to police.

After the incident, authorities were able to locate and arrest Powell and Mitchell after the two fled from police not far from the scene of the crime. They are charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in the city limits and going armed to the terror of the public.

Powell is also charged with felony hit and run and driving while license revoked.

Mitchell is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and an outstanding warrant for assault on a female.

Powell is in the Catawba County Detention Center on a $420,000 secured bond, while Mitchell is under a $462,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-351-5551.

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