Police: Warrants issued for NC man wanted in 3 deaths

December 12, 2021 GMT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Police in a northeastern North Carolina city have obtained murder warrants against a local man formally sought for the deaths of three people earlier this month, including a 3-year-old girl.

Rickey Lewis Etheridge Jr., 34, of Elizabeth City, is now formally wanted in the Dec. 2 shooting deaths, and is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to an Elizabeth City police news release Friday.

Police arriving to a report of gunshots at Perry and Jordan streets found several people wounded. Those who died were Jaquan White, 18, of Elizabeth City; De‘Shay Berry, 39, of Manteo; and Allura Pledger, 3, of Manteo. Three other people were injured.

The police department, Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were contiuning to investigate, the release said. Authorities haven’t provided additional details about the shootings.

Elizabeth City police Detective Sgt. Eddie Graham said Saturday in an email that the case “is still an active investigation.”