MOUNT HOLLY, NC (FOX 46) - The second teen wanted in connection with the killing of a 14-year-old Charlotte girl at a Mount Holly park is now in custody.
Eric Combs was booked in the Gaston County Jail at 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning after being extradited from Ohio, according to Gaston County Sheriff's Office. On April 11, 2017, Combs turned himself in to the Montgomery County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office, according to investigators. Investigators were searching for Combs in connection with the death of a 14-year-old Charlotte girl found shot at a Gaston County park Monday afternoon, April 3, 2017.
According to Mount Holly police, a warrant was issued for Eric Deon Combs, 17, of Charlotte. Combs facing a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Taylor Sorera Smith.
Police said they had information indicating Combs fled to another state, possibly Ohio. Officers were working with state and federal agencies in an attempt to bring him into custody.
Mount Holly police were searching for Combs in a white or grey 2000 Ford Aerostar van with North Carolina license plate EFT-1885. They said the van has only one hubcap on the rear drivers side wheel.
Combs is the second suspect charged in connection with Smith's death. The Gaston County District Attorney's office will schedule a court appearance next week.
On Tuesday, Devon Fletcher, 18, of Charlotte, was also charged with first degree murder.
The deadly shooting happened about 3 p.m. Monday, April 3 at River Street Park. Officers had the road blocked off from the public.
Officers told FOX 46 Charlotte upon arrival they found a young black female laying on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds. She was transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The young victim was later identified as Smith.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Taylor Smith's family with funeral arrangements. If you would like to help, click here.
Anyone with information is asked to call Mount Holly Police at 704.827.4343 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704.861.8000.