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Hickory Police investigate shooting

On Tuesday, April 18, at approximately 1:45 p.m., the Hickory Police Department’s Communication Center received a call from a female stating that she heard guns being fired near Camden Meadow Apartments, 908 1st St SW. While officers were en-route to the area, a 911 call was received from a second caller who stated that a male had been shot. Upon arrival, officers located a 17-year-old male inside an apartment with a single gunshot wound. Catawba County EMS responded and treated the 17-year-old male prior to him being airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, it was determined that two groups of males were shooting at each other to include the 17-year-old male that was shot. A second, 17-year-old male has been charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and Breaking & Entering. He was currently on probation for a weapons charge in connection to a shooting that occurred in Mecklenburg County at the time of this incident. A third, 17-year-old male has been charged with Breaking & Entering.

Kaleef Hassan Carpenter (25 years old) has been arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by Felon as a result of this shooting and was currently on probation for two previous convictions of the same charge that occurred in 2022. Hickory Police are searching for 20-year-old Jonathon Jahiem White for a charge of Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits in connection to this shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact C. Laffon directly at 828-261-2636 or