Former UNC football player arrested in Kinston shooting

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KINSTON, N.C. — A former North Carolina football player linked to the NCAA’s investigation of the program has been arrested and charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

Police in Kinston said Christopher Hawkins, 29, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting at a residence on May 3.

The department of public safety said Hawkins was placed in the Lenoir County jail under a $35,000 secured bond.

Hawkins played at UNC from 2001-03 before being dismissed for violating team rules. He played his final season at Marshall. The university disassociated itself from Hawkins in 2010 after an investigation found he had provided improper benefits to players and that the NCAA qualified him as an agent.

No one was injured during the shooting.

Police have arrested a second man, Courtney Demara Olds, under the same charges as Hawkins. Olds turned himself in late Wednesday and was jailed under a $35,000 secured bond.

A third man, Anthony Derell Reese, was inside the residence at the time of the shooting and chased who he thought was the shooter in his vehicle.

He ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle. He was charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm in the city, according to the Kinston Department of Public Safety.

Reese turned himself in Monday night. He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.
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