Teen charged in High Point shooting

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A 16-year-old has been charged following a "running fight" Wednesday night that left a 14-year-old with a gunshot wound to his face.

Hykeem Marquis Simmons, 16, of High Point, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with the intent to kill and attempted murder.

The incident was first reported to police at 6:23 p.m. as a large fight between two groups in the 200-block of Taylor Street.

"I heard shots," said Virginia Loftin Brooks who lives on the corner of Taylor Avenue and Elm Street.

"They busted my windows out," Brooks said. "All the glass ended up everywhere."

Her front window is now boarded up after rocks thrown during the fight came crashing through her living room.

"I was thinking about getting under the bed and getting in a safe place," said the woman.

The disturbance moved through neighborhood streets as police received numerous calls about shots being fired.

As officers arrived the groups scattered, leaving behind a 14-year-old male who was found shot in the face behind a car dealership at 701 South Main St.

Police say they still don't know what caused the fight and say it may stem from a rivalry between neighborhoods.

"Different schools, different neighborhoods it seems that there was some sort of a fight between two separate groups," said Lt. Kevin Ray.

But with no solid reason as to what caused the fight some residents fear it may happen again.

"I really think I need to move," Brooks said.

The teen's wound was described as serious but non-life threatening. He was taken to High Point Regional for treatment.

Simmons is in the Guilford County Jail under a $500,000 bond.


    • Stephen Melton

      Yup…lets do that. Lets make another law that only the law abiding would care about….the thugs dont care…you could make it a case of instant death if convicted for anything, and there are those that would take there chances…

      • Stephen Melton

        I read it just fine. I also understand her point, but its foolish. Pass another feel good law that only the law abiding care about. I guess you missed the part where there are those that dont care out there..or should we explain why that works like it does to you?
        Steveo? So…havent heard that in a while on here…and the last one to use it I knew…so..did bulldawgs mommy finally let him have his computer privs back?
        Here, let me make it simple for that bunch..
        Make all the laws you want..only the law abiding follow them…I know thats hard for you to grasp..

  • Cripes_A_Mighty


    Apparently you did not read her comment correctly without inserting your own bias into it. Let me quote FaithC:

    “The punishment for gun related crimes needs to be much harsher.”

    Faith did not say that we need to pass new gun laws did she? What she said was true, that gun related crimes deserve harsher punishment than we currently have on the books.

    You see Stephen, laws are designed to maintain good order in society and just because some people choose to commit crimes does not mean that the laws are unfair, not needed, or like Faith pointed out, not strong enough. I think her point is that often times criminals are let out of jail too soon and do not server enough time in prison for violent crimes against persons.We need mandatory sentences and the no more parole…

    In closing, let me once again remind you that Faith said gun related crimes need “harsher” punishment and not like you said, new laws. In this case, you owe Faith and HaHaHa an apology. Being a grown man with principles and maturity, I suspect you can offer the apology you owe them, unless you do not have the integrity to do so.

    For those of you who feel the need to protect yourself from the thugs in our society, get yourself a hand gun and a CCW license to protect yourself and your family, I do and like American Express, I never leave home without it.

  • Tim

    How does this make sense?

    Hykeem Marquis Simmons, 16, of High Point, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with the intent to kill and attempted murder.

    Simmons is in the Guilford County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

    Why would we allow someone with these charges to be bonded out? I mean seriously, a domestic violence charge will give you zero bond and no less than 48 hours jail time!

    We need harsher punishments when it comes to gun violence.

    • kim

      Ummm im glad that yall can judge somebodythat dont know nothing bout this boy…. IT WAS GANG RELATED!!!!! southside and east side. Glad the boy lived. Hope they dont try him as adult!

      • FaithC

        I may know nothing “bout” this boy, but I do know he is running with a gang and has no problem shooting a gun in a residential neighborhood. He could have shot anybody. He did not care for the safety of those living in the surrounding area. So try him as an adult. He wants to act like a criminal…treat him like one.

  • Teia Jackson

    Taylor st in High Point has had alot of shootings my son was shot there visiting a friend. High Point itself has a high crime rate with gangs. Stiffer laws for these kids. Like community services for 10yrs they are too young to just put in jail they learn nothing but more violence put them in Boot Camp programs for 5 to 10yrs make them grow and grow up.

  • Seriously?

    Teia…if they are old enough to shoot someone, then they are old enough for jail……stop fighting for these kids and starting getting rid of them. Only then will your community start to have a fighing chance.

  • Chucky1992

    I say put them all on an isolated island with some marijuana, some guns and an unlimited amount of ammunition. There problem solved. :)

  • Albert Stanley

    Just take everyones guns and we can go back to knife fighting and hangings … in ten years you as a good person will beg to have a gun…if we keep going the Government will do just that…harder jail time and more Cops. America land of the gangbangers and thugs…home of the traped towns…free weed for all.

  • Ashley

    Why did you shot an young little boy because they park street and you are southside, Why fight about who own what hood and what hood the best…..

  • zb

    Bunch of MONKEYS. Worthless pc of SH**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENOUGH SAID. ALL of THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Let them KILL each other……Do us ALL A favor>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Jason

    First of all, hykeem didn’t do it he was with Taheem Thomas and second high point isn’t really all that bad high point is just like any other city it has crimes

    • Captain McBitchin

      Jason, I know Taheem personally. We were good friends back in middle school and I can personally vouch for him with the knowledge that he wouldn’t do something as attempt to take a life. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him, so maybe he’s changed, but I still see him as the kid who got on a certain tour bus full of Mexicans that drove him to Poblanos on accident on a certain field trip to Carowinds. Like I said, he may have changed a lot, but Taheem, if you read this, think about the decisions you’ve made and the people you run with. It’s not just your actions that people will judge you over, it’s the people that your with. I remember you having so much more potential to do great things, and I still believe you do, but this path you seem to have taken is a very dark and dangerous one that more often than never, ends badly. Think about your choices, man. Really.

  • Felix Hernandez

    The problem is definitely the punishment after the crime takes place. First off, I am a firm believer that YOU are responsible for your own safety. Take the training, get your carry permit, and carry everyday. Whether openly, or concealed, but DONT leave at home it does no good. Stop giving the thugs easy targets. Now as far as THIS crime is concerned, he should be tried and treated as an adult. Let em f**king rot in a cell since apparently we can’t get a death penalty for it. The problem is that our society is starting to look at criminals as VICTIMS, and that is the problem. You take a life, you should lose yours. Any one of those bullets could’ve hit you or me in our own homes. Where is the justice for us? Please stop depending on law enforcement, as they can only help after the crime. We need stricter sentencing, and more people to stand up and stop being victims. The life you save may be your own.

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