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Suspect arrested in connection with gunfire at 800 Pritchard Ave Ext., one fatality

A Chapel Hill police car is picture on Franklin Street on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

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Update Oct. 4; 7:26 p.m.: U.S. Marshals with the Carolina Regional Fugitive Task Force have arrested Michael Jerome Henry, 29, of Durham in connection with the shooting on Pritchard Avenue Extension last week.

He is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Henry is being held in the Orange County Detention Center without bond.

Update Sept. 28; 4:04 p.m.:

The Chapel Hill Police Department has released the name of the homicide victim.

The victim was identified as Michael Deshai Lee, a 51-year-old resident of Chapel Hill. The CHPD also said the three injured victims are expected to survive. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

Update Sept. 27; 10:42 p.m.: 

Chapel Hill Police has confirmed that one person died at the scene. Two other individuals were victims of gunshot wounds and were transported to UNC Hospitals. Another person suffered additional injuries.

The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. The CHPD does not believe there is an ongoing threat to the local community at this time. 

At 6:18 p.m. on Tuesday, the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of multiple gunshots at 800 Pritchard Ave. Ext., according to a press release from the Town. 

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and Orange County Emergency Services assisted multiple victims at the scene. The conditions of these individuals is unknown at this time. 

The Police Department is investigating the situation and will release more information as it is available. 

On Aug. 28,  a 19-year-old was found at the same location with multiple gunshot wounds. They were transported to UNC Hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. 

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Anyone with information should contact emergency services at 911 or call the non-emergency number at  919-732-5063, the Town said. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous should call Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crimestoppers at 919-942-7515. 

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates. 

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Emmy Martin

Emmy Martin is the 2023-24 editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as the DTH's city & state editor and summer managing editor. Emmy is a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and media and information science. 

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