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Posted on: November 2, 2021

Police statements on Willow Street shooting


The Lenoir Police Department released the third statement about the shooting yesterday on Willow Street NW. The infant involved is currently in stable condition and is recovering.

Update #2, Nov. 2, 2021, 12:38 pm

The investigation into this tragedy has revealed several facts. Yesterday at approximately 12:00 pm, Anthony Stevenson Jr. arrived at 542 NW Willow St. Lenoir, N.C., the residence of Shantel Harper and infant child that the two have in common. While Stevenson was at the residence, a verbal argument ensued between the two.

During that argument, Stevenson revealed a handgun and shot Shantel Harper, the infant child, and then turned the gun and shot himself. The infant child is currently in stable condition and recovering in a Charlotte hospital.

This was a horrific tragedy. Our hearts and continued prayers go out to the families of all of those involved.

No further information nor updates will be released on this incident.

Update #1, Nov. 1, 2021, 2:30 pm 

As a result of the apparent gunshot wounds sustained during the incident, Anthony Maurice Stevenson Jr. DOB 03/13/1997 was pronounced dead at 1:10 pm at Caldwell UNC Healthcare. Shantel Leighann Harper DOB 02/10/2000 was also pronounced dead at 1:36 pm at Caldwell UNC Healthcare. The infant child was airlifted to CMC Main and is listed in critical condition at this time.

Lenoir Police Department Detectives are still on the scene and this investigation is still ongoing. Further updates will be released as more information becomes available.

Statement on Willow Street Shooting, Nov. 1, 2021, 1:57 pm

Detectives with the Lenoir Police Department are investigating to determine the circumstances involving a shooting incident which left three people injured.

On Monday, November 1, 2021, at approximately 12:00 pm., patrol officers with the Lenoir Police Department were dispatched to a shooting call for service at a home in the 500 block of NW Willow Street.

Officers arrived within five minutes and discovered two adults and an infant child injured from gunshot wounds. Officers immediately requested Medic for assistance and rendered lifesaving first aid to the injured individuals.

The three injured were transported to a local hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Preliminary information and evidence gathered during the investigation indicates that the three people injured are related and the shooting was prompted following a domestic disturbance.

Detectives are not currently looking for any other suspects believed to be involved in the incident. The names of the victims will be released once appropriate family notification has been made.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the Lenoir Police Department. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (828)757-2104.

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