IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A second suspect wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Troutman has turned himself in, Troutman Police announced Thursday.

James Richard Gann, 19, of Cornelius, the second suspect connected to a deadly shooting that occurred on Nov. 4, turned himself in at the Iredell County Detention Center in Statesville. He has been charged with the following:

  • First-degree murder
  • Attempted first-degree murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
  • Discharging a firearm into occupied property resulting in injury
  • Attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon

Warrants were obtained for the arrest of Gann earlier this month. A 17-year-old boy was previously arrested for his involvement in this deadly shooting. He is currently being held at a juvenile detention center, police said.

Detectives said the two suspects were meeting Alexander Hipple, 18, of Mooresville, and Zachary Craig, 20, of Charlotte, at a parking lot on Mills Avenue to buy marijuana.


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Once Hipple and Craig arrived, the two suspects were armed with guns and approached Craig’s vehicle demanding the drugs. The vehicle was Craig’s vehicle, officers said.

When Hipple and Craig tried to flee, the two were shot at, with bullets striking and killing Hipple and injuring Craig, according to the police report.

The 17-year-old boy charged in this case is expected to be tried as an adult, police said.