Two face charges in drive-by shooting

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By Jenny Hartley

Two men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on French Street last week, and police are looking for two more suspects.

Naquvis Benson, 21, was shot about 2 p.m. Jan. 23 outside the French Street duplex where he lives, according to police.

Davatee Tymar Clinton, 20, of 722 E. Arch St., was arrested Monday by the Lancaster Police Department and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a pistol under age 21.

Jaquarius Rendell Mingo, 19, of 103 N. Willowlake Road, was arrested Monday evening and charged with misprision of a felony.

Misprision of a felony means that a suspect had knowledge of a crime but did not immediately share information with police, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

Howard said Mingo came with his father to the police department to turn himself in.

Two more suspects are wanted in the case, Howard said.

Detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Howard said Clinton is believed to be the shooter in the case. Benson was shot as he walked out of his front door. The suspects were in a car, Howard said.

The shots were also heard at nearby Discovery School on West Dunlap Street. The school was placed on lockdown for more than an hour until school was dismissed last Wednesday.

Benson is in stable but serious condition at Carolinas Medical Center, Howard said. Detectives have been unable to speak to him since the shooting, and he was uncooperative with police while in an ambulance immediately after the shooting, police said.

Benson was shot in the neck in 2003 and paralyzed after a fight in Rock Hill. He later regained the ability to walk.

Police arrested a third man, Michael Calvertis Chavis, 18, of 1303 Pardue St., on Monday. Chavis was with Clinton when he was arrested.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were looking for Clinton and saw Clinton and Chavis together in a car. Chavis and Clinton went to an apartment in the 400 block of Pardue Street.

Police executed a search warrant on the apartment and found two 9 mm handguns under a mattress, digital scales and a bag containing 26 other bags of marijuana, the report said.

Chavis was charged with possession of a stolen pistol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chavis is not connected to the shooting, Howard said.

Anyone with information about the shooting on French Street may call the Lancaster Police Department at 283-1171 or 283-1174.

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com