JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Jacksonville Police released a photo Sunday of the possible vehicle suspected to be connected to a homicide that occurred on Friday.
Robert O’Brien Peterson was found shot outside Pro Kutz, a barbershop, in the 1900 block of Lejeune Boulevard. Peterson was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital and later died.
The Jacksonville Police Department is currently looking for a light color 200-2014 Honda Accord as possible suspects for this crime.
If you have any details, contact Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. There is an award leading to an arrest.
Police and emergency personnel are back on Lejeune Boulevard investigating a shooting, less than 24 hours after a commercial fire.
Jacksonville PD identified the victim as 40-year-old Robert O’Brien Peterson. He was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
Pro Kutz is only a few feet away from Thursday’s fire.
WNCT’s Jacqueline Matter spoke with the owner and neighboring businesses about the recent string of crime in the area.
The owner of Pro Kutz Barbershop said the shooting outside her business comes as a total shock, but hopes with the help of police and security cameras they’ll be able to find out who injured one of her employees.
Shortly after 9 am Friday morning, police responded to a shots fired call on Lejeune Boulevard
The owner of the barbershop, Betsy Williams, said one Pro Kutz barber was standing outside when he was struck.
Williams said she’s looking for leads from her security cameras.
“Hopefully my camera caught something, the way we got it facing I’m hoping that it hit something on the outside because normally we can see all the cars outside,” she said.
Williams said she was shocked when she arrived and found a bullet hole in her shop window.
“Whoever did it, done the horrific act, I hope he gets caught, they get caught, I really do,” Williams said. “And I hope my barber’s okay.”
After a recent string of vandalisms in the past month along Highway 24, the shooting is putting neighboring businesses on high alert.
“Everyone’s thinking about upping their own personal protection because we don’t know what’s going to happen anymore,” said Mary Dickinson, the Manager at the Bargain Shop.
Pro Kutz has been in business for nine years and Williams said nothing like this has ever happened, “It’s heartbreaking to know that this is going on in our town, Jacksonville is growing and growing every day and this is scary, scary for us.”
A spokeswoman for Jacksonville Police said they’re increasing patrols in the area. Police also said it’s too early to tell if the nearly 20 vandalism incidents in the past month are linked to Friday’s shooting.
Businesses along the strip say they’re hoping for answers fast.
As for the fire at the pawn shop, the SBI determined there is no evidence of foul play. Their investigators said the exact cause is undetermined but believe the start of the fire was in a space above the ceiling.
Pro Kutz, a barbershop in Jacksonville, was the scene of a shooting Friday morning around 9:10 a.m. on the 1900 block of Lejeune Blvd.
Jacksonville Police Department is currently investigating, as one person was injured.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact JPD Detective Daniel Gallardo at 910-938-6420 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.