3 teens arrested while looking to retaliate after 2-year-old boy ‘grazed’ by bullet in High Point, police say


Tawan T. Thompson

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Tawan T. Thompson

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Three teenagers, who were reportedly trying to retaliate, are facing charges after a 2-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet while sitting on his mother's lap, according to police.

At about 8:07 p.m. Monday night, police responded to a shooting on the 1300 block of East Green Drive.

"We just heard a barrage of gunshots go off," Eric Watson said.

He didn't hesitate to help a mom and toddler when they ran into his home to escape the gunfire.

"We just see a girl running out, hollering that she thinks her baby was hit," Watson said. "We got them in our house and checked out the baby."

When the shooting stopped, bullet holes could be seen all across the front and side doors of the home.

The glass front door now shattered and in a pile.


At the scene, the mother, Brianna Mason, told police that unknown people shot into her apartment. She was holding her 2-year-old son in her lap when a bullet grazed his forehead.

Mason told FOX8 on Tuesday that her son Jamir is doing fine.

Police found 30 casings which police say were from a 9mm gun and a .223 rifle.

Investigators say this incident was likely the result of gang activity. This is the fourth time officers have responded to this residence for a shots fired call since July 25.

"Nobody feels safe here anymore," Watson said.

Officers began to investigate possible acts of retaliation in the area and tried to stop a vehicle on Russell Avenue.

According to police, the vehicle continued driving and crashed almost immediately.

Officers say five people were in the vehicle. Three of them ran away.

The two people found in the vehicle were reportedly not involved and not charged.

Police used two K-9 teams to track down and arrest the three that ran.

Tawan T. Thompson, 18, of High Point, a 15-year-old High Point boy and a 17-year-old High Point boy were arrested.

One of the teenagers told police that they were driving around looking to retaliate after the earlier shooting.

Three firearms, including a 9mm Smith & Wesson, a 9mm Taurus and a .22 H&R revolver, were found at the scene. One of the firearms was stolen out of Burke County.

Thompson was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed gun. He was held under a $75,000 secured bond.

The 15-year-old was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed gun. He was released from police custody to his mother.

The 17-year-old was charged with traffic offenses and held under an $80,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of High Point at (336) 889-4000.

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