Three teens charged after woman shot in neck

Left to right: George, Bonds, Brazzle (Photos by the Elizabeth City Police Department)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Police in Elizabeth City have charged three teenagers in the investigation of a shooting Saturday evening.

Just after 5 p.m., officers were dispatched to 703 Second Street for a call about a woman being shot in the neck, according to Mike Boone with the Elizabeth City Police Department. At the scene, officers found 19-year-old Julie Annette Reed lying next to a vehicle with several people around her.

10 On Your Side spoke to Willis George, who said he witnessed the shooting happen right in front of his home.

“How I see it, that bullet wasn’t meant for her,” George said. “Most likely it was meant for somebody else. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Julie Reed
Julie Reed

George said he is close friends with Reed and she came by to visit him with her boyfriend Saturday. That’s when a group of men walked up.

“I was talking to her, and I walked to carry my baby to my baby mother and I heard a pow,” George said. “I turned around and she was on the ground. Then I saw boys running.”

Police say Reed claimed to have been trying to break up a fight when she was shot by a man. George said he doesn’t remember a scuffle, just one gunshot and seeing Reed fall to the ground near her car.

“The lady across the street ran over here. A man ran over here and called police,” George said. “Her boyfriend got out of the car and ran to her.”

“I ran over there. She was laying on the ground, so I applied pressure to her wound,” said Leslie Heath. “She said, ‘Don’t let me die! Don’t let me die! Tell my grandmother I love her.'”

Heath’s quick thinking possibly saved Reed’s life. Emergency Medical Services transported her to a nearby hospital before she was transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for further treatment.

“As Investigators arrived on scene, they began to process the crime scene and canvass the surrounding neighborhood,” Boone said. “They continued their investigation well into the evening, talking with residents and people that were in the area at the time of the shooting.”

The investigation led to the arrest of three people:

  • Jamir Trequan Brazzle, 16, of Elizabeth City was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
  • Dazir Davante Bonds, 18, of Elizabeth City was charged with felony accessory after the fact.
  • Willis Alonzo George, Jr., 17, of Elizabeth City was charged with felony accessory after the fact.

The Willis George spoke to is not the same as the suspect.

Right now all the attention is on Reed’s recovery. George said the she is athletic and is an Elizabeth City State University student who loves volleyball. But right now the prognosis for her playing again doesn’t look good.

“She is paralyzed from the neck down,” George said. “Her sister told me.”

As of Tuesday, June 24, Young said Reed was still suffering from partial paralysis, but had regained limited mobility to her upper body. He said her family was seeking a spinal injury specialist.

After processing, all three suspects were transported to Albemarle District Jail, Brazzle under a $35,000 bond and the other two suspects under $25,000 bonds.

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