Several of the surrounding mobile homes on Parker Road in Danville visibly were abandoned. Dirty, browning paint coated the sides and furniture peaked out from open doors of one, while a gray tarp with a “No Trespassing” sign encapsulated another.
A dumpster surrounded by old furniture and trash sat between them. Litter, potholes and small weeds dotted the street.
Across the street, a gaping, ragged hole in place of the doorknob served as the only exterior, visible sign on the mobile home of the fatal Friday night shooting.
After arriving on the scene in the 200 block of Parker Road at 11:20 p.m. Friday, police officers removed the doorknob as they forced their way into the house, looking for a suspect: Rakim La’Tae Knight, 29, of Danville.
Officers found the gunned-down man, 21-year-old Kymon Haley, of Milton, North Carolina, on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Police reported the suspect and victim knew each other, but Danville Police Department Lt. Richard Chivvis could not clarify how they knew each other.
What authorities described as an “ongoing dispute” escalated into the fatal gunfire. On Saturday afternoon Chivvis could not provide any additional information about the reason for the argument. The two weren’t alone though.
“Other people were there when it happened,” Chivvis said.
Haley was raced to the emergency room and pronounced dead a short while later, police reported.
By about 8 a.m. Saturday morning just a few officers — including a detective and the crime scene unit — remained at the scene. Yellow crime scene tape blocked off an area that included several of the mobile homes.
Later in the morning, the streets were quiet other than the sound of Spanish television projecting from one of the mobile homes. Maria Santiago, who lived two homes away, said that she didn’t know who lived in the mobile home where the police were investigating or who was involved in the shooting.
Officers arrived at their door and woke them up at about 3 a.m.
“We didn’t hear anything,” she said of the shooting.
Knight, who is being charged with willfully discharging firearms in public places resulting in bodily injury and use or display of firearm in committing felony, is still at large. There are no pictures of the suspect available, which means if he does have a previous criminal record, it’s small, Chivvis said.
Haley definitely did not live in the mobile home, Chivvis said, and the suspect likely doesn’t either.
Josh Wilson, 21, grew up going to school at Dan River High School and playing football with Haley.
“He was just an amazing person that loved his family and friends,” he said.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s location or this incident can call 911, the Danville Police Department at (434) 799-6508, or Crime Stoppers at (434-793-0000 and email@example.com.