NEWTON – The inventory from the search warrant conducted by the Hickory Police Department of a vehicle involved in a shooting outside of J. McCrosky’s Irish Pub on Friday morning was released to the public Wednesday afternoon.

HPD searched the vehicle used by defendants Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander, 23, of Hickory, and Greydon Keith Hansen, 23, of Hickory. Both men are charged with three felony counts of murder and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Investigators found a Smith & Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle, a Taurus 9mm handgun, a rifle box, a holster, two cellphones and one gram of marijuana in the Ford Fusion, according to the search warrant inventory.

The statement of probable cause attached to the search warrant cites unnamed witnesses who claim to have seen a black male fire a handgun into the victims’ car with a white male who carried “an AR-15-type weapon.”

Pablo Castillo Hernandez, 21, drove the car from the scene to Frye Regional Medical Center, according to an HPD release. Hernandez suffered no injuries in the shooting.

In the car were Quajuae Alexus Kennedy, 21, of Newton, Justin Michael Aiken, 21, of Newton, and Cole Brady Ervin, 20, of Claremont.

Aiken sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and died at Frye Regional Medical Center on Friday morning.

Kennedy was initially taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem on Friday. Kennedy died around 6:45 p.m. Saturday, according to an HPD release.

Ervin was treated for gunshot wounds and released from Frye Regional Medical Center on Friday.

Hernandez told officers Cody Manood Bouphavong, 21, of Conover, leapt from the vehicle during the shooting, according to the probable cause statement.

Officers responded to the scene at approximately 2:15 a.m. and found Bouphavong on the ground with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Catawba County EMS transported Bouphavong to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Long View Police stopped a vehicle moving at a “high rate of speed” around 2:33 a.m. that matched a police description near 2200 block of First Avenue SW. HPD responded to the stop, and arrested Hansen and Cumberlander at that time.

The pair admitted to weapons being in the car and that they had been at J. McCrosky’s Irish Pub that night, according to the statement.

The victims and suspects were patrons of J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub and Grill prior to a verbal altercation in the parking lot, according to the HPD’s initial press release Friday.

Cumberlander and Hansen will next appear in court April 28 for a probable cause hearing. They are held at the Catawba County Detention Center without bond.

Attorney Victoria Jayne has been assigned to represent both men as provisional counsel until they receive other representation. The Capital Defender’s Office has been notified about the defendants’ cases.

J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub and Grill declined to comment about Friday’s incident.

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