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ROCKY MOUNT — A validated Crips member has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in a gang war-related shooting.
Darius Lamark Richardson, 22, faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A sentencing date hasn’t been announced.
Officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department responded to a shots-fired call at a Hendricks Street home around 7:30 p.m. on July 12, 2019. Witnesses told officers that four men exited a white Nissan Maxima sedan and began firing at the house, which was the residence of a known Blood gang member, according to court records.
Patrol units located the suspect vehicle several blocks from where the shooting occurred. When officers turned on their blue lights, the Nissan sedan immediately began to accelerate. Officers pursued the vehicle, which was traveling at high speeds through a residential area.
Eventually, the driver jumped from the vehicle and ran away, leaving the vehicle in gear and rolling down the street until it crashed into a house.
Officers chased the driver on foot and eventually detained him on North Howell Street, according to a press release from Don Connelly, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District of North Carolina.
The driver was later identified as Richardson, a convicted felon and validated Crips gang member.
Along the path Richardson traveled, officers recovered a black Smith & Wesson handgun that had been reported stolen four days earlier. Investigators later determined the shooting was related to an ongoing gang feud, Connelly said.
Richardson has a criminal history in Nash County that includes assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm with a removed serial number, breaking and entering, drug possession and reckless driving, among other convictions, according to the N.C Department of Public Safety.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Numbers accepted Richardson’s plea last week in U.S. District Court.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh is prosecuting the case for the government.