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Teenage murder suspect arrested

Published On: Jul 13 2013 08:11:42 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 14 2013 08:32:49 PM CDT

Greenville Police are working to find a teenager who is the suspect in a Saturday morning murder.

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Authorities arrested a Greenville teenager who is a suspect in a weekend murder.

At a press conference on Sunday, Greenville police said Deon Daniels, 17,  turned himself in and is now charged with murder.

Daniels had been wanted in connection with the shooting death of Quastepheon Hardison.

Investigators said they found 20-year-old Hardison, of Robersonville, with at least one gunshot wound at the intersection of Ridge Place and Courtland Road. Officers got the call at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators told us that the victim and suspect did know each other, and that the motive was gang-related.

Hardison was shot once in the chest and taken to Vidant Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said in Sunday’s press conference that his department is planning a crackdown on gun violence.

"The tide is turning in Greenville. The police department and the community are aligning and developing strong partnerships. Our goal is to rid ourselves of the senseless violence that instills fear and diminishes the quality of life and segments of our city,” said Aden.

The chief said the community played a large role in helping officers find Daniels. He said more arrests are possible.

NewsChannel 12 spoke with a  neighbor, who did not want to give his name.  He said he was going to bed when he heard gun shots.

"Pop, pop, pop that's all I heard," he said.

The neighbor said he has lived in the neighborhood for two years and now plans on getting out. He said the area is usually a quiet neighborhood with no crime.

"It's a tragedy. You know gun violence right now is at an all-time high and something really needs to be done about it," he said.