Men charged with attempted murder

Police charged two men with attempted murder this week in relation to a March drive-by shooting that wounded a Hickory teenager.

Hickory resident Kasey Sims, 17, was rushed to the hospital March 31 after being shot in his right side near the intersection of N.C. 127 South and 2nd St. SE in Hickory.

Hickory police say Sims and two passengers were inside a burgundy Dodge Stratus about 1 p.m. when another car, a gray Pontiac sedan, drove alongside the car and fired into the vehicle.

Sims was the only passenger struck, and he survived the injury.
On Monday, Hickory police arrested two men who they say pulled the trigger.

Xaiver Latrel Smith, 20, of 12th St. SW in Hickory, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property inflicting serious bodily injury. He is currently in the Catawba County Detention Center with no bond set.

Anthony Maurice Tucker, 25, of 504 19th St. SW, is also charged with attempted murder and discharging a weapon into occupied property. He is in Catawba County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

Tucker is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Smith’s first court appearance is scheduled for April 26.