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Third arrested following shootout

May 1, 2012

Authorities arrested a third man Monday night suspected of being involved in a Hickory shootout that injured three men this past weekend.

Hickory police and Catawba County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at a home at 1463 Peregrine Drive in Catawba. Authorities were searching for Marcus Tyrone Kennedy.

Police say Kennedy, a Conover resident, was one of the men involved in a shootout early Saturday morning in Hickory.

Kennedy barricaded himself inside his residence for a short time period Monday before authorities eventually arrested him at about 10:52 p.m., said Libby Grigg of the Hickory Police Department.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, which served the warrants on Kennedy, did not return phone calls seeking further information by press time Tuesday.

The weekend shootout occurred at the Quality Mart Shell gas station on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. Police say more than 30 shots were fired outside the gas station, and three people were injured.

The three men injured included Jamar James, 31, of Catawba, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Anwar Vanchass Powell, 27, and Terrell Lee Mitchell, 22, were also shot, according to a release from the Hickory Police Department. Both men were arrested shortly after the incident and are in jail on bonds of about $450,000.

Kennedy is also in jail and is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm in the city, among other charges. He is being held on a $35,000 secured bond, according to a Hickory Police Department arrest report.

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