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Arrest made after bullets pierced car with a newborn inside; 10g crack found on suspect at jail

Timothy Daniel Reels Jr., 33, of Havelock was identified as the shooter.
Craven County Sheriff's Office
Timothy Daniel Reels Jr., 33, of Havelock was identified as the shooter.

A Sunday argument turned violent when a Havelock man fired gunshots at another person, and the bullets pierced a car with a one-month-old baby inside.

The baby was not shot and there were no injuries.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office said Timothy Reels Jr. was arrested and taken to jail.

During a search of the 33-year-old at the detention facility, investigators say they discovered he had about ten grams of crack cocaine.

Reels was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and was jailed under a $200,000 bond, but additional charges are pending after the drugs were found.

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