3rd Lejeune Marine charged in triple shooting

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Three Camp Lejeune-based Marines now face charges in a triple shooting here Jan. 3.

Sgt. Michael Sabestian Haridat, 28, and Lance Cpl. Erwin J. Rodriguez Jr., 21, and Lance Cpl. Robert J. Goense, 19, riflemen with 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, each face one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Authorities say the Marines were involved in an early morning scuffle outside of a restaurant that ended when three men were 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, who was allegedly shot by Goense, remains in 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.

He 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.

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.

Goense, of Union, N.J., joined the Corps in July 2008.

All three are in the Onslow County Jail. Police continue to investigate the shootings and would not release further details.


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