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Two men arrested after Eden shooting

Incident happened on Elam Avenue

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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 7:06 pm | Updated: 7:11 pm, Wed Jan 9, 2013.

Eden police arrested and charged two men after an early morning shooting Wednesday. Phone calls started coming in to the department around 1:40 a.m., with residents near the 400 block of Elam Avenue concerned about multiple shots fired. Eden police also received a 911 call from 432 Elam Avenue, with the caller stating someone had been shot.

Once they arrived on scene, officers and members of the Highway Patrol got a description of the men and vehicles involved in the crime. They started searching for a grey Buick or Oldsmobile car and a while extended cab Ford truck. The gunshot victim, a man from Ridgeway, Virginia, was taken by EMS to Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, with non life threatening injuries.

Investigators found that the victim, along with an Eden resident, had got into an argument with two other men in the driveway of the home. The argument escalated into a fight, during which one of the men, Tyler Clifton, shot the victim and fired several shots in the homeowner's Ford truck. Clifton and Michael Wayne Wright both fled the scene in an Oldsmobile. The homeowner got into his truck and gave chase, following the car to Johnsie Billie Harris Street and then ramming his truck into it, shattering the rear window and causing damage.

Both Clifton and Wright then both started opening fire out the shattered rear window, hitting the truck in the windshield and hood. At this point, the homeowner stopped chasing them and went back to his house.

Police later located the grey Oldsmobile on Hwy 14 North, about three miles outside the city near the Smith River Bridge. The car had been disabled due to the damage it received from the earlier crash. Officers then found Tyler Clifton, Michael Wright and a third person, Ashley Wells, who had been driving the Oldsmobile, at the J Mart store, 904 Virginia Street in Eden.

Tyler O'Neil Clifton, 19, faces one county of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied conveyance while in motion. Bond for Clifton was set at $75,000 and he's currently in the Rockingham County Jail with a scheduled court date of Jan. 29.

Michael Wayne Wright, 46, faces one count of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied conveyance while in motion. Wright has a $50,000 second bond, with a court date of Jan. 29.

Eden police said the investigation is still ongoing, as evidence gathered at the scene is still being evaluated. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ronnie Markham with Eden Police at 336-623-9240.  

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