Man indicted for murder in deadly shooting after gun sale dispute


Jerrahmiah Rankins

(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A Raleigh-area man has been indicted on first-degree felony murder and other charges stemming from a dispute that arose while he was seeking to purchase a handgun from the two victims, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

A grand jury also indicted defendant Jerrahmiah Rankins, 25, on attempted first-degree murder, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, being a convicted felon (prior crime or violence or force) in possession of a firearm, and theft of property under $1,000.

The shooting occurred on April 16 this year near Egypt Central Road and Kerwin Road when Rankins and several companions met with Crishawn Pratcher, 18, and a 17-year-old friend who were offering a hand gun for sale. An argument occurred during negotiations, and Rankins said he was going to keep the gun.

Rankins told the driver of the car he was in to pull away, and he then fired one shot from an assault rifle, with the bullet passing through one teen’s right hand and into Pratcher’s torso. Paramedics pronounced Pratcher dead at the scene.

Rankins was developed as a suspect and was arrested about two weeks later by U.S. Marshals at an apartment in the 1000 block of Peabody Ave.

The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Meghan Fowler of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit 7 which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.

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