Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detectives today (Sept. 17) arrested 17-year-old Zaire Roberts of 46 Pine Hill Lane in Palm Coast on an attempted first-degree murder charge in connection with the July 28 shooting of Phillip J. Haire, 18, on Lewisdale Lane. Roberts had apparently been on the run in Ohio since the shooting.
Roberts is being held without bail at the Division of Youth Services, a juvenile jail, in Daytona Beach. Haire was recently released from a rehabilitation center and has recovered from his injuries, a sheriff’s news release states.
A nationwide warrant for Roberts’ arrest was signed Aug. 17 but he’d eluded authorities until Wednesday, the release states. The sheriff’s office “would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in locating Roberts who fled to Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after the shooting,” said Corporal Nate Koep, a detective at the sheriff’s office. When the Marshals Service closed in on him in Ohio, Roberts then fled to Atlanta, where marshals again closed in on him, Koep said. Because of the pressure, Roberts turned himself in late Wednesday to detectives, the release states.
It’ll be up to the state attorney’s office to determine precisely which charge–if any–Roberts will face.
The previous stories are below.
L-Section Shooting Victim Identified as Phillip J. Haire, 18, a Neighborhood Resident
July 29–The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office today identified the victim of Tuesday afternoon’s L-Section shooting as Phillip J. Haire Jr., 18, a recent graduate of Matanzas High School and resident of London Drive, a short walk from where the shooting took place on Lewisdale Lane. Haire had made a name for himself playing football as an imposing defensive tackle for Matanzas, and for Mainland High School in Daytona Beach before that.
The incident report released today places the time of the shooting at 3:40 p.m. A deputy arrived on scene almost immediately after the shots were fired to find Haire on his back in the road, with two bullet wounds on the left side of his abdomen. Several people were near him, but their names, addresses, ages and races have been redacted from the report.
“All on scene [said] that they were just ‘down the street’ and did not see who shot Phillip,” the report states. “They all advised that they just heard the shots and came this way to find Phillip laying in the street.”
The deputy, assuring Haire that an ambulance was on the way, then asked him what happened. Haire would not tell him, only asking, as a man who’s been shot twice might, “where’s the ambulance?” The deputy observed two shell casings on the north side of the street on Lewisdale, opposite of where Haire was laying, adding to deputies’ suspicion that the shooting was no accident, and that a shooter is at large. “Upon closer inspection I observed that the casings were that of a .40 caliber firearm,” the deputy reports.
Haire’s football profiles online list him as 6’1” and 250 pounds. You can watch highlights of some of his plays here.
Hair remains in serious condition at Shands hospital in Jacksonville. The previous story is below.
18-Year-Old Shot on Lewisdale Lane in Palm Coast Amid Murky Circumstances
July 28–An 18-year-old man was shot in the stomach at 3:50 p.m. near the intersection of Lewisdale Lane and Lewis Drive in Palm Coast. Flagler County Fire Flight, the emergency helicopter, flew the victim to Shands hospital in Jacksonville, taking off around 4:20 p.m.
It is unclear if the shooting was accidental or willful, though a gathering and a fight was reported in the area shortly before the shooting, and the man believed to have pulled the trigger left the scene.
“There were other people on scene prior to our arrival,” Sheriff’s Commander Steve Brandt, who was in command of the scene, said. “Some fled the scene, which makes us believe it was suspicious.”
Brandt said a “disturbance” had been reported by a caller to 911 just before the shooting. “The caller said it was an accidental shooting, but it doesn’t appear to be so,” he said.
The victim is either 17 or 18. He sustained two shots in the abdomen–itself a strong suggestion that the shooting was not accidental.
“The indication is that they knew each other,” Cmdr. Steve Cole, who heads the sheriff’s office’s investigative division, said at the scene. “It looks like this was a planned meeting.”
Authorities don’t believe the wounds to the victim to be life-threatening at this time, a Flagler County Sheriff’s spokesman said. “It’s still unfolding, we’ve got a lot of things unfolding up there,” he said. Later in the afternoon, a sheriff’s office release revised the victim’s assessment to critical.
The victim, reportedly black, was shot in the road, where there had reportedly been a gathering of half a dozen people, before a black Dodge Ram left the scene.
At the scene at 5 p.m., several sheriff units, including plain clothes detectives, were canvassing the scene, especially at the intersection at Lewis Drive and Lewisdale Lane. The actual shooting took place about 100 yards west of the intersection, on Lewisdale Lane. The area is very sparsely inhabited, with three or four homes, at large distances from each other, on Lewisdale. The area of the shooting, which is roped off by crime tape, has no neighboring homes in the immediate vicinity. The closest home is about 60 yards away.
No suspects are in custody and no be-on-the-lookout advisories have been issued. A vehicle that had been reported stolen was spotted almost at the same time as the shooting, and recovered in the B-Section. Brandt said it’s not clear whether the shooting and the vehicle are related. ” deputies received reports that two vehicles were involved in the incident,” the release later noted, “including a vehicle that had been reported stolen Monday from Palm Coast. This vehicle has been located in the 40 block of Bunker Hill Drive in Palm Coast.”
Hospital personnel at Shands were asked to secure all the victim’s electronic devices.
By 5:30 p.m., some of the sheriff’s units left the scene, others, including the Crime Scene Investigation unit, had arrived and were processing the area. A5 5:35 p.m., Fire Flight flew over the scene, heading south, back to the Flagler County Airport, on its return journey from the hospital in Jacksonville.
Deputies were required at another scene not long after the shooting in the L Section when an incident at Publix on Belle Terre Parkway ended with deputies making an arrest on Belle Terre, but the incident was unrelated, a sheriff’s spokesperson said.
Anyone with information about the shooting or any crime in Flagler County is urged to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at 386-586-4801, or tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). Callers may be eligible for a reward. This is an ongoing investigation and as information becomes available, it will be provided.