Laurinburg man charged in shooting

By Abby Hackmann - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — A man wanted by Laurinburg police was arrested in Georgia this week on an attempted murder charge that left one victim in critical condition.

Hikeem Dewon Covington, 25, was arrested by the Marietta Police Department in Georgia on Monday for attempted murder, possession of a firearm by felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm in the city limits, according to a police report.

The shooting occurred on Oct. 11.

“An anonymous tip had been called in so we made contact with the US Marshals Service and Mr. Covington was apprehended,” Police Chief Darwin Williams said.

Covington is accused of shooting Jerome Norris and striking his twin brother, Tyrone Norris, in the head with a pistol in October. The incident occurred at the intersection of Hood and Gamble streets after Covington had an argument with the brothers, police said.

Jerome Norris was listed in critical condition while Tyrone Norris was treated and released for his injuries.

Police say Covington is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

Covington is also wanted by state probation officials and there is an order for arrest and failure to appear on his record.

He has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon; discharging firearm into an occupied property; possession of firearm by felon; and two-counts of possessing stolen goods in the past.

By Abby Hackmann

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Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

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