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3 charged in fatal shooting of Winston-Salem man at Greensboro McDonald's, police say
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3 charged in fatal shooting of Winston-Salem man at Greensboro McDonald's, police say

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GREENSBORO — Three people have been charged in the shooting death of a Winston-Salem man at a local fast-food restaurant, Greensboro police said in a news release.

Authorities arrested Joshua Lapree Padgett, 32, of Asheboro, along with Greensboro residents Justin Jones, 21, and Nicole Angelina Newby, 27. All three were charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Padgett also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

All are being held at the Guilford County Detention Center without bail.

The fatal shooting occurred Monday morning at the McDonald’s restaurant at 4427 W. Wendover Ave.

At about 9:15 a.m., officers responded to a reported of an aggravated assault and found 29-year-old Chavez Laquan Vargas suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police.

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Vargas was taken to a hospital but died later in the day from his injuries, police said.

In December 2014, Vargas was injured in a double shooting in Winston-Salem.

Vargas and another man were shot and wounded in the parking lot of Kester Mill Village shopping center off Hanes Mall Boulevard.

Vargas, who was 23 at the time, was shot once and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in critical condition.

At the time, police said the shooting was not random and that the people involved knew each other.

Anyone with information about the Greensboro shooting is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. People can also download the mobile P3tips app to submit a mobile tip, or go to to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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