Alleged Time-Out shooter surrenders
BY BETH VELLIQUETTE
CHAPEL HILL – After posting surveillance photographs of three men suspected in a New Year’s shooting in downtown Chapel Hill, police have arrested the man they believe pulled the trigger.
Police released information to the media early Friday that the department had obtained warrants for Christopher Lane Thompson, 21, of Durham. At 3 p.m. Thompson turned himself in at the police department.
Police charged Thompson with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within the town limits. A magistrate set his bond at $150,000, and he was transported to the Orange County Jail.
The shooting occurred outside Time Out Restaurant on West Franklin Street about 3 a.m. Jan. 1. Two groups of people who had been inside the restaurant argued in the front parking lot, said Sgt. Josh Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department.
“The two groups were kind of going back and forth, and at some point we believe Mr. Thompson pulled a weapon, made a threat and then fired a round at the victim,” Mecimore said.
The victim, a 25-year-old Durham man, was hit in the arm and taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment. Police don’t believe the shooter and the victim knew each other or that the shooting was gang related, Mecimore said.
Mecimore suspected that the two groups likely came to Chapel Hill earlier to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a downtown club. Time-Out Restaurant in University Square is a popular all-night restaurant where people often stop to grab a bit to eat after the bars close at 2 a.m.
The restaurant has surveillance cameras that took clear photographs of the three suspects while they were inside. The police department released those photographs to the media and asked anyone who could identify the three men to call the police department or Crime Stoppers.
“We got several calls either to the police department or to Crime Stoppers helping us I.D. them,” Mecimore said.
Police received information about the identity of two other men who were at the scene and would like to speak to them. They have been identified as Jaylen McNair and Tracy Rashaud Floyd.
“We want to talk to them but thus far they have not been charged with anything related to it,” Mecimore said.
Police are asking that if anyone has information related to the whereabouts of the two to contact Inv. Sgt. Rodney Mathews at 919-96-2760 ext. 1136 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 or 911.