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Alleged shooter identified in Thanksgiving Day murder
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Officials have released the name of a suspect in the shooting that left 18-year-old DreLandon Brown dead late Thanksgiving Day.

The alleged shooter, 15-year-old Re’Deyon Hughes, who has been charged as an adult with murder and two counts of aggravated assault, is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing, according to Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn.

Penn said the case will be presided over by Judge David L. Dickinson and prosecuted by Heather Dunn.

Authorities were called to the scene of a domestic dispute around 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Riverbrooke subdivision in the 1200 block of Wondering Way. Upon arrival, personnel discovered that one teenager had allegedly shot another before fleeing the home with a 2-week-old baby — the male child of his and one of the home’s residents (another juvenile) — in his arms. The suspect is the father of the infant, according to a news release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Occupants of the home identified the shooter as a person known to them and reported that he fled on foot, the release stated.

“We got a description of the suspect, and our deputies located him within minutes,” Freeman said. “The strange part about this is when he [the suspect] left, he took a 2-week-old baby … that had us more concerned than anything else, hoping the [baby] was OK.”

The infant was in fact OK. The suspect, who was taken into custody on Grey Rock Way, “complied with officers and placed the child safely on the ground and surrendered without incident,” according to the news release.

The 2-week-old male is now with the mother in the custody of the Division of Family and Children’s Services. Freeman said deputies performed CPR on the victim, who was later transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The juvenile male was taken to a youth detention center for processing.

Officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office remained on the scene for some time looking for the handgun allegedly used in the shooting, which was discarded at some point following the incident. With the help of other law enforcement agencies who used “article-searching” dogs, they were able to find the loaded weapon.

“They came out with a large canvass [Friday] morning and found it quickly,” Freeman said, adding that the sheriff’s office notified members of the community that there was a loaded weapon somewhere nearby.

Added Freeman: “Thank goodness we were able to find it.”

Freeman said the infant’s mother lived at the residence where the shooting occurred, and that “it’s convoluted, but there was a relationship between the juvenile mother and the suspect.”

He said it’s an uncommon crime that occurred Nov. 23 in Forsyth County.

“This is not something we’re accustomed to seeing,” Freeman said. “It’s juveniles shooting juveniles, and it’s a rare occurrence. And … this is truly a tragedy.”


Frank Reddy contributed to this story.