April 23, 2021 UPDATE: Yesterday at 7:53 p.m., Douglas Mason Wilson was arrested on charges of First Degree Murder for the homicide of 7 year old Zakylen Greylen Harris that occurred on April 21, 2021. Wilson is detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility with no bond.
This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Inv. Tammy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas Mason Wilson
April 22, 2021: Yesterday at 11:12 p.m., the Catawba County 911 Center received a call of a shooting into an occupied vehicle that occurred at the 1900 block of Tate Blvd SE in Hickory. Catawba County EMS, Hickory Fire, and Hickory Police responded. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Zakylen Greylen Harris, 7 years old, had an apparent gunshot wound to the neck area. Harris was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The vehicle was being driven by the child’s mother and there were also two other children in the vehicle at the time of the incident, ages 6 and 1.
The suspect vehicle was described as a small dark colored SUV that was traveling eastbound on Tate Blvd SE with possible multiple occupants and a white female with blonde hair in the front passenger seat.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Inv. Tammy Johnson at email@example.com.