2 Lejeune Marines charged in triple shooting

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Two Camp Lejeune-based Marines have been charged in a triple shooting here earlier this week.

Sgt. Michael Sabestian Haridat, 28, and Lance Cpl. Erwin J. Rodriguez Jr., 21, both riflemen with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, were charged Thursday with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Authorities say the Marines were involved in an early Sunday morning scuffle outside of a restaurant that ended with three men shot. All three victims, Christian Onate, 29, Jonni Aidoo, 27, and Enation Roney, 27, were taken to area hospitals.

Haridat allegedly shot Onate, and Rodriguez was charged with allegedly shooting Aidoo. They were treated and released earlier this week. Roney remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Haridat, of the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested earlier this week on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police continue to investigate the shootings and would not release further details, including who was responsible for the third shooting victim.

Haridat joined the Corps in January 2002, according to a II Marine Expeditionary Force release. He has served two tours in Iraq, the first in 2007 and again in 2008.

He is in the Onslow County Jail under a $60,000 bond.

Rodriguez, of Arlington, Va., joined the Corps in July 2006, according to a II MEF release. He has also served two tours in Iraq in 2007 and 2008.

He is being held in the county jail as well, according to police.


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