Search Continues For Suspects And Vehicle
CLAYTON – Police have released the identity of a teenager shot and killed Monday night at the Pines at Glen Laurel apartment complex on NC Highway 42 East at Glen Laurel Road. Around 8:22pm, Clayton Police responded to Pine Hall Drive to a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of the clubhouse.
Responding officers observed a white car traveling on Highway 42 at a high rate of speed. The officer turned around and began trying to catch up to the vehicle, possibly a Mitsubishi Lancer. Other Clayton officers who were directing traffic at a structure fire on Highway 70 Business observed the vehicle turn onto Highway 70. Officers initiated a pursuit and attempted to stop the car as it traveled on Highway 70 and Main Street, at times in excess of 100 miles per hour. Clayton officers lost sight of the vehicle near the Wake County line on Old US 70/Garner Road.
Clayton officers discovered the body of Jayden Shamar Jones, age 16, of Clayton. Jones was found deceased from multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Based on interviews and evidence collected at the crime scene, police believe an altercation occurred between the victim and two people who were in the area.
Both suspects fired multiple shots at the victim before fleeing the area in the white car. Based on witness statements and information collected from the crime scene, police said this does not appear to be a random act.
Clayton Police continue to interview witnesses, conduct crime scene examinations, and are attempting to locate the vehicle that fled from the apartment complex. If you have any information concerning this investigation, contact Clayton Police at 919-553-4611.
Johnston County Public Schools confirmed Jayden was most recently a 9th grade student at Choice Plus Academy. Caitlin Furr, Executive Director of Communications for JCPS, said, “Anytime our schools or student body experience a loss such as this, JCPS has grief support and extra counselors in place to support the students and staff as they need it.”