Danville police are still trying to piece together how a homicide suspect ended up in a North Carolina hospital with a gunshot wound last week.
It was at a Forsyth County hospital — 78 miles away from the scene of the shooting — police caught up with suspect Traquon Lataire Allen, 18, the morning after a Nov. 26 homicide.
After first arriving at a hospital in Eden, North Carolina, he was then transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Forsyth County, police confirmed. And it was there Allen admitted to arresting officers he shot Xavier N. Carson, 19, at the Cardinal Village Apartments, located on Danville’s south side, court documents show.
Carson was shot in the chest and found by police minutes later just outside a unit at the apartment complex. He died at Sovah Health-Danville later that night.
The shooting was over an ongoing disagreement between the two, search warrants filed in Danville Circuit Court state. Allen admitted he had been speaking with Carson online in the days before the shooting.
“He had communicated with [Carson] prior to the homicide through Facebook for the last four to five days,” investigator R.P. Wright wrote. Allen also admitted to police that he called Carson before the shooting by using multiple cellphones.
Before the shooting, Allen was at another unit in the complex with a female friend, court records state, and ran back to her apartment and used her cellphone to try to get a ride to a hospital. Allen also reached out to people on social media in an attempt to get a ride, court documents state.
“He had utilized Facebook to communicate with other subjects after the homicide in reference to obtain transportation away from the scene,” Wright wrote in a search warrant.
Allen initially wound up at the UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, and Danville’s emergency communications center received an alert about a patient with a gunshot wound, confirmed Danville Police Department spokesman Lt. Richard Chivvis. From there, Allen was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where it was Winston-Salem police that made first contact.
Allen is currently being held at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center, according to online public records.
Danville police report they did not immediately release the details surrounding Allen’s arrest and hospital stay because of “security reasons,” Chivvis said, so people wouldn’t go to the hospital to find him.
The events leading up to Allen being shot remain a mystery, however.
“That, we are still investigating,” Chivvis said.
Allen is still awaiting transfer to Virginia and has a Dec. 12 hearing set at the Forsyth County Courthouse regarding extradition and his Danville charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
There currently are no charges pending against anyone else in the case.
“Right now we’re not looking for any other suspects, but we’re going where the evidence takes us,” Chivvis said.
Avent is a reporter with the Danville Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 797-7983.