Marine Officer Killed Tailgating at NC State
Two brothers were arrested in the shooting deaths of two young men at a tailgate party before a college football game, authorities said. Witnesses said a fistfight preceded the shootings Saturday evening. The victims, identified as Kevin M. McCann, 23, of Chicago, and Marine 2nd Lt. Brett Johnson Harman, 23, of Park Ridge, Ill., were tailgating before North Carolina State University’s season-opening football game against Richmond. Neither was a student at the university.
Tony Harrell Johnson, 20, of Raleigh, and his brother, Timothy Wayne Johnson, 22, an NCSU student, were arrested a short time later and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, said sheriff’s department spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens. A first appearance hearing for Timothy Johnson was scheduled for Tuesday, Stephens said. Information about Tony Johnson’s first hearing was not immediately available.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, their earliest court date would be Tuesday.
A witness, Brian Smith, 31, said the victims had been tossing a football when a car drove recklessly in a parking lot packed with football fans. He said the men pulled the blond-haired driver from his car and beat him, pushing his head into the dirt. The blond man left in his car, shouting curses and threatening revenge, Smith said. He returned later and asked Smith where to find the men who had beaten him, saying he had “a .38 Smith & Wesson for them.” Smith, who said the man appeared intoxicated, pointed in the direction of the victims and heard gunshots a short time later. Smith ran to the shooting scene and found one victim wounded in the face, the other in the upper torso. “My reaction is that I got two guys killed,” Smith said.
Yes, pointing out people to angry drunks seeking revenge is probably not a good idea.