2 teenagers shot at Sanford Christmas Parade, one in critical condition

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SANFORD, N.C. — Two people were shot at the Sanford Christmas Parade Monday night.

The shooting happened in front of Perry Brothers Tires Service on Wicker Street shortly before 8 p.m.

Police told WRAL that Sean Dimitrius Matthews, 18, of Sanford, was in critical condition at UNC Hospitals with gunshot wounds to his stomach, arms and leg. Jadakis Tysor, 16, of Sanford, was hit in the arm by a bullet and was treated and released.

WRAL reported that officers chased and caught Deion Jamille Johns, 20, of 1508 Westover Drive in Sanford. Police believe Johns shot both men, and they charged him with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a weapon at a parade and going armed to the terror of the people.

Johns is being held in the Lee County Jail under a $360,000 secured bond with a first court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.

An eyewitness told WTVD that they heard between four and seven gunshots and people scattered as police descended on the scene.