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Authorities still seek two suspects in Clayton murder

One suspect taken into custody in Wake County

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CLAYTON- Johnston  County Sheriff's detectives are seeking three suspects in the  shooting death of a 15-year-old Clayton youth.

On Saturday, July 13, sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 1:39 a.m. to 103 Blackthorn Ct. regarding a shooting.

When they arrived, deputies found  15-year-old Kaylen Marion Middleton of Clayton dead at the scene due to a gunshot wound.

A 20-year-old, Desmond Tyrese Barnes of Clayton was shot in the foot. Barnes has been treated and released from the hospital.

Johnston County Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Caldwell said three suspects were described as African American males who fled the scene in a vehicle after the shooting. 

Caldwell said detectives identified one of the suspects as Joshua Caleb Draughon, 18, of Garner. Warrants were obtained on Draughon for first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapn wtih intent to kill. Draughhon was taken into custody today at the Wake County Jail on unrelated charges.

Also charged with first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill is Quashaad Powell, 19, who frequents the Garner and Angier areas. Caldwell said Powell hasn't yet been located. The third suspect has not been identified.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information should call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5010

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