A Texas man on life support was an acquaintance of the 13-year-old and 15-year-old accused of shooting him in Winston-Salem Monday night, according to the Winston-Salem Police Department.
The juveniles, whose names were not disclosed because of their ages, are charged with attempted first-degree murder, police said.
“They appear to have known each other in some sort of fashion, but no real history there,” said Lt. Gregory Dorn. “They appear to be recent acquaintances.”
Tevin Lamar Bonner, 28, of El Paso, Texas, was found lying on the ground in the 1400 block of Williamson Street near Timlic Avenue around 9:55 p.m. Monday with at least one gunshot wound on his back, police said.
Bonner was in Winston-Salem as part of his job installing alarm systems and had been in Louisiana and High Point for work the week before.
Bonner had been working in the Williamson Street area earlier on the day he was shot, Dorn said.
Police said they have not yet determined how the three individuals came to know each other, but it appears their initial contact was a friendly meeting.
The juveniles, who were arrested Tuesday, are being held at a local juvenile detention center.
Authorities are not looking for any other suspects in the investigation, according to a news release.
Bonner, who was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he remains with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Anyone with information about this case can call the Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.