‘Armed and dangerous’ man sought after NC mom is shot and killed, police say

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – A man considered armed and dangerous is on the loose after a young mom was killed in a shooting early Sunday morning, police said.

Alexander in a Facebook photo
Alexander in a Facebook photo

Officers were was dispatched to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in reference to a person who had been dropped off by a friend, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to police.

Upon arrival, officers say they found 25-year-old Maya Christine Alexander being treated by hospital staff. Investigators say Alexander suffered a gunshot to the lower back.

Doctors pronounced Alexander dead shortly after her arrival.  Alexander was the mother of a young boy, according to posts on Facebook.

Alexander was a front seat passenger in a red 2013 Chevrolet Sonic driven by Lashonda Carter, according to police. Carter told police the vehicle was occupied by a back seat passenger, Darren Duane Jernigan, who took off after shooting Alexander.

Jernigan in a photo from WAVY-TV
Jernigan in a photo from WAVY-TV

The investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling near the intersection of Cardwell Street and Walkers Avenue.

Police are actively looking for Darren Duane Jernigan, nicknamed “DAP”, who is  a 34-year-old black male, approximately 6’, 310 pounds. Police have secured a warrant on Jernigan for second-degree murder.

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information, call the Elizabeth City Police Department at (252)335-4321 or call The Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Crime Line at (252)335-5555.

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