The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection with a shooting on the night of Nov. 29 on Winkler Mill Road, Wilkesboro.
Alphonso Saladin Jones, 51, of Abington Court, Wilkesboro, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle. He was arrested at his residence at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Deputy David Carson said, "Good detective work and security video footage led to Jones being identified as a suspect and the charges against him."
Jones is charged with firing into the vehicle driven by Gibson Carter Brondos, 18, of Wilkesboro. One bullet grazed Brondos’ upper right back. Brondos wasn’t seriously injured in the incident, which occurred about 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29.
“After an extensive investigation, detectives learned that the incident occurred from a road rage situation” in which Jones believed the Brondos vehicle was following too closely and using high beam headlights, said Carson.
“After the suspect vehicle stopped, the victim also stopped and asked if the suspect needed assistance. The suspect is believed to have then fired at least two shots at the victim’s vehicle, with at least one of those shots striking the victim.”
As of mid-morning Friday, Jones was in the Wilkes County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.