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Teen who was shot legally brain dead

Abbi Overfelt Editor

November 11, 2013

LAURINBURG — A pregnant teenager who was shot in the head last week during what was suspected to be an act of gang violence has died, according to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.


Calvin Stewart, a teenager charged in a related shooting the same day has turned himself in and is being held in the Scotland County jail without bond, Sessoms said.


According to Sessoms, Brittany Colson, 19, of Rockingham, who was 12 weeks pregnant, was declared legally brain dead on Nov. 6, one day after she was struck by a bullet fired into the Buick in which she was riding while it was stopped at a city intersection. The child did not survive.


“There will be two charges, one for the mother, and one for the unborn,” Sessoms said.


That charge will be murder.


“We have information and we’re still following up on all the leads,” Sessoms said. “This will be a time-consuming investigation.”


Stewart, 17, turned himself in Saturday, Sessoms said. He is charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling for firing into a home at 1104 Anne St. Investigators think he was aiming at a man responsible for shooting Colson.


Shots were fired into the Buick when it pulled up to the intersection of Wagram and Samoa streets at about 7 p.m. None of the two other passengers were injured.


Investigators suspect Colson’s shooting was connected to another on Oct. 30 that left Byron Antonio Covington, 24, lying dead in the backyard of a Washington Street home. Kamel Detroy Stewart, 21, who has been charged with murder in that case, is Calvin Stewart’s brother. Both are sons of the owner of the Buick in which Colson was riding.


Colson was shot six hours after Covington’s funeral.