Police investigate deadly shooting in Asheville parking lot

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Police are seeking suspects after a shooting left two people dead in Asheville.

At about 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Asheville Police responded to a report of a victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant on Merrimon Avenue.

Officers located a 23-year-old Asheville resident suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim died at the scene, police say.

Officers later encountered a vehicle crash at the intersection of Merrimon Avenue and Chestnut Street.

The vehicle struck a fixed object near the intersection, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, police say.

Officers found a passenger seriously injured inside the car, and they were transported to Mission Hospital.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the passenger, a 19-year-old resident of Arden, died. 

He was found to have sustained at least one gunshot wound, according to police. 

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Javon Malik Brown, of Asheville, and Deonte James Ellison, 19, of Arden.

A preliminary investigation shows that both victims received their wounds while inside of the vehicle at the Wendy’s restaurant on Merrimon Avenue.

Following the shooting, one of the victims was removed from the car prior to it fleeing from the scene, police say.

After interviewing a number of witnesses to the crash, detectives learned that the driver of the vehicle and a passenger fled the scene on foot.

Several members of the Criminal Investigations Section responded to assist in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Officers with the Traffic Safety Unit are assisting detectives with the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the crash.

The two persons that fled the scene of the crash are still being sought by the APD. 

Police have identified two persons of interest in this case. The investigation into these incidents is ongoing at that time.

If anyone has information concerning these incidents they are encouraged to contact us at 828-252-1110. 

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