Accused Sanford parade shooter ‘just snapped’ after brother’s July murder, dad says


SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — The father of suspect in the Sanford Christmas parade shooting says his son “just snapped” following the shooting murder of his younger brother this summer.

The Sanford shooting halted the town’s Christmas parade just before 8 p.m. Monday as seven or eight shots were fired, injuring two teen boys – one of them critically.

Police swarmed the parking lot of a grocery store at Wicker and Gulf streets and quickly arrested Deion Jamille Johns, 20.

Now, Johns’ father is talking about a possible motive in the shooting.

“I apologize for what my son did. I’m pretty sure he tell you the same thing, that he’s sorry now,” said James Harrington, Johns’ dad.

Sean Dimitrius Matthews, 18, of Sanford, was found suffering from several gunshot wounds to his lower abdomen area, arms and leg. He’s in critical condition at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

A 16-year-old Sanford boy, Jadakis Tysor, was also struck by a bullet and was treated for injuries to his arm.Previous story:2 teens shot, 1 man arrested at Sanford Christmas Parade

Harrington told CBS North Carolina that his son was worried about his safety ever since his younger brother was murdered in July.

“He’s been kind of distraught lately because my other son got killed a couple of months ago. He’s not been himself. He’s been depressed,” Harrington said.

That deadly shooting happened around 1 a.m. on July 5 when Trevon Johns, 18, was shot to death in a street.

Police later arrested 17-year-old Urbano Garcia Sanchez in connection with the younger Johns’ murder.

The deadly shooting had a profound effect on the older Johns brother.

“I don’t know what happened last night — I think he just snapped,” Harrington said.

Deion Johns’ bond was increased to $1.5 million Tuesday by a judge after a Lee County District Attorney said Johns was a danger to the community. But Harrington disagrees.

“He’s a pretty good kid, you know. He’s got two priors – he’s not a saint or anything. Misdemeanors, you know,” Harrington said. “But he’s got kids (and) spent a lot of time with them. Just an all-around good kid.”

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