Greensboro police have confirmed the Tuesday, October 29 nighttime drive-by shooting on Bluford Street was gang-related. Two men are in custody in connection with the incident and other arrests are likely as police continue to pursue leads.
Officers responded to area of Bluford Street and Regan Street at approximately 6:43 pm after Guilford Metro 9-1-1 received 18 phone calls from people who heard multiple gun shots.
Four people were transported to local hospitals as a result of the incident. Three people received non-life threatening gunshot wounds and one person received lacerations from flying glass. A fifth victim, a passenger in a car that was struck by gunfire, was uninjured.
Police believe the shooting occurred as a result of a gang’s dissatisfaction with several acquaintances. At least two of the people shot appear to be the intended victims of the opposing gang. The person injured by the glass did not appear to be an intended target.
Elijah Dominique Jordan, 20, 1102 Eagle Rd., has been arrested in connection with the shooting. A validated gang member, Jordan was being electronically monitored for a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute. He faces three charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, two charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, and one charge of possession of a firearm by felon.
Another validated gang member, Jeffery Bernard Sims II, 20, 3804 Overland Heights, was also arrested in connection with the shooting. He faces three charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Sims, an acquaintance of Jordan’s, was also wearing an electronic monitor. He was being monitored for a prior charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Crime scene investigators processed the block-long crime scene and are continuing to analyze the evidence. At this point, the number of shots fired cannot be accurately determined, although it is estimated several dozen were fired. The number and types of weapons used in the incident are under investigation.
Police and detectives have developed substantial leads in this case and anticipate additional subjects will be identified.
Early Wednesday morning, October 30, police met with managers and residents of the Cumberland Courts Apartments to address concerns and answer questions about the incident. As a result, community members and police have committed to work closely together to find those responsible for the shooting and reduce future violence. Greensboro police will have an increased presence in the area while the investigation is ongoing.
During the course of investigating this incident, policed developed sufficient probable cause to arrest Dionte Lashawn Ford, 19, in connection with the October 20 shooting of a 19-year-old college student. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
The shooting on Benbow Street and last night’s shooting on Bluford Street do not appear to be connected.
Anyone with information about the shooting on Bluford Street is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.