Two men wanted by APD in connection with recent shootings

(SOURCE: Albemarle Police Department)

ALBEMARLE — In a July 29 press release, Albemarle Police announced they were seeking two suspects from a July 26 shooting at 518 Arey Ave. The statements said the shooting, which involved suspects firing into an occupied dwelling, “stemmed from another incident that occurred on July 21, 2020, where a house was shot into on Richardson St.” 

Police were called to the area in response to a report of an unconscious person. On arrival, officers located an individual suffering from a gunshot wound. Police were then made aware of another victim from the incident who was already at Atrium Health Stanly and was suffering with “multiple gunshot wounds.”   

Detectives with the APD immediately began an investigation into the incident. The investigation led to warrants for Jimmy J. Parker, 21, for “Attempted First Degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the intent to kill inflicting Serious Injury, discharging a firearm in the city limits, Possession of Firearm by Felon, and two counts of Felony Conspiracy.” 

Parker was then arrested on July 27 in connection with additional charges of “Possession of Firearm by Felon, Felony Probation Violation, and Carrying a concealed weapon.” He was given a $2.5 million secured bond and is next due in court Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. 

Two other suspects, Demecus R. Hooker Jr., 22, and Makari K. Ridenhour, 19, are also wanted for charges in the incident but have not been apprehended.  

Hooker’s charges include, “three counts of Felony Conspiracy, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the Intent to kill inflicting Serious Injury, Discharging a firearm city limits, and Attempted first-degree murder.”  

Ridenhour’s charges include, “Discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, Possession of a firearm by felon, Felony conspiracy, Discharging a firearm inside city limits, and Injury to real property.” 

Police are withholding the victims’ names at the moment.  

Anyone with information regarding the July 21 or July 26 shootings, or on the whereabouts of Hooker and Ridenhour, are asked to contact the Albemarle Police Department at (704) 984-9500 or the anonymous tip line at (704) 984-9511. 

“These suspects currently have warrants for their arrest and are considered armed and dangerous. If you see these individuals, please call your local agency or contact 911,” the APD press release said.