Deadly party leads to ALE charges

Published 12:12 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

GASTON – While the identity remains unknown of the triggerman (men) involved in a deadly shooting here Jan. 25 at a birthday party, three arrests have been made by ALE officers for violating state laws regarding the illegal sale of alcohol at the same social gathering.

According to an email sent Monday afternoon by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, an investigation by ALE led to the arrests of 45-year-old Tracy Lynn Davis, her 28-year-old daughter Jessica Janee Davis, both of Northampton County, and 22-year-old Keyshun Boswell of Halifax County.

The investigation in the aftermath of the shooting – which killed 53-year-old Dexter Robinson of Roanoke Rapids and injured four others – led ALE officers to discover that Tracy and Jessica Davis had rented out the E.E. Odom Civic Center in Gaston for a friend’s birthday party on the night of Jan. 25. It was further discovered during the course of the ALE investigation that the party included an illegal bar with a cover charge at the door and alcoholic beverages for sale.

Boswell, the ALE officers said, purchased the alcohol sold during the party – a direct violation of NC Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

Also, none of the three took appropriate security measures to ensure weapons were not brought into the party.

The trio was charged with selling alcoholic beverages without an ABC permit.

Just before midnight on Jan. 25, deputies with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and Gaston Police officers were flagged down by concerned citizens and witnessed dozens of people gathered at the E.E. Odom Civic Center, a building owned by the Town of Gaston at 221 Craige Street.

In an earlier story, Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith said the investigation by his officers revealed that several fights broke out involving some individuals, both inside and outside the building, followed by gunshots being fired.

Interviews were conducted in an effort to obtain information as to the identity of the shooter or possible shooters.

Anyone with information on people that were involved or who were at the establishment or that have information to help the investigation is encouraged to contact the Northampton Co. Sheriff’s Office at 252-534-2611 or Anonymous Crime Stoppers Line at 252-534-1110.

Special agents with NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, along with NC State Bureau of Investigation, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, and Roanoke Rapids PD joined Northampton County Sheriff’s deputies to investigate the shooting and the source of the illegal alcohol.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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