Seven Maxton men have been charged in what police say was a shoot out between rival gangs earlier this month at a Maxton convenience store that injured two people.
Yolanda Dixon and Tyreek Clark, 18, both of Maxton, were shot during a fight that resulted in a riot outside of the Minit Shop at 207 Middle St., according to Maxton police Lt. Jamie Oxendine. The incident occured on Sept. 2.
Clark was shot in his right foot and Dixon, whose age was not available, was shot while sitting in a car outside of the store, Oxendine said.
They were taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital and were treated and released, according to Oxendine.
The rival gangs believed to be involved in the shooting were the Street Poppers and the Folk Nation or Wolves, police said.
“We basically had an all-out riot between what we believe to be two gangs,” Oxendine said. “The fight actually started at the front door and carried out in the parking lot, where they started firing at each other.”
The accused were all arrested Friday without incident, Oxendine said. Six of the men charged are related.
“This has been an ongoing problem between these two gangs,” Oxendine said. “We hope these arrests get their attention that this will not be tolerated and that we can bring a halt to some of this violence.”
The following were charged:
Marquis Rollerson, 19, is charged with two counts of felony riot, shooting into an occupied vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm in the city, injury to personal property and going armed to the terror of the public, according to Oxendine. His bond is set at $350,000.
Patrick McManus, 19, Taiwan Smith, 24, and Daquan Smith, 22, are each charged with felony riot. The bond was set for $100,000 each.
Jameel Smith, 20, is charged with felony riot and going armed to the terror of the public. His bond was set at $200,000.
Marcus Bethea, 23, and Shakeem Smith, 25, are charged with two counts of felony riot, going armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm in the city. Bethea’s bond was set at $200,000, and Smith’s bond was set at $100,000.
Oxendine said warrants have been issued for three others.