N.C. Dad and 4-Month-Old Son Killed in 'Senseless' Shooting, No Arrests Made

The victims' family was reportedly having a barbecue when a gunman came onto the property and fired shots

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Authorities are searching for the suspects responsible for the fatal shootings of a North Carolina dad and his infant son over the Memorial Day weekend.

On Sunday night, police responded to a call of shots fired at a Monroe, N.C., home, according to a Monroe Police Department news release. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered 25-year-old Darion McClendon and his 4-month-old son, Da'mari McClendon, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"He was only 4 months old. He was a baby, and they took his life," Darion's sister Jasmine McClendon said, speaking to WCNC-TV about Da'mari. "He didn't deserve this."

Jasmine said the family was having a barbecue when a gunman came onto the property and fired shots, striking and killing her nephew.

"We were inside and heard the shots," she said. "Shania (Da'mari's mom) was like, 'Grab the baby, grab the baby,' and then they all fell, and they were still shooting, and the baby had blood all over him."

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According to WSOC-TV, two more children, ages 9 and 11, were also in the home at the time of the shooting, though their conditions remained unclear.

​"This is a very difficult time for our community and our officers in the face of this senseless act of violence. We are committed to bringing the perpetrator of this crime to justice," Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monroe Police Department at (704) 282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at (704) 283-5600. A $5000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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