GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Police said the two people shot early Sunday morning in Greenville both sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Deputy Chief Ted Sauls said officers were called to the 100 block of E. 4th St. for reports of a person who had been shot. Once officers arrived, they learned that a victim had been transported to Vidant Medical Center by a private vehicle. The 27-year-old male victim informed police that a group was fighting in the parking lot and shots were fired, striking him in the arm.
While interviewing that victim, officers learned a 17-year-old male had also arrive at the hospital by a private vehicle. The second victim also reported watching the fight, before being shot in the hand.
This all happened in an area where people frequently hang out at night.
“I had been downtown earlier in the night,” East Carolina University junior Haley Goldman said. “I don’t even remember what time it was, so it could have been something different, but it was definitely either a gunshot or a firework.”
The shooting even prompted ECU to send out an alert to students.
“I got it at like 2 a.m.,” ECU junior Nick Norton said. “That the shooting took place near 4th Street and Cotanche Street. Email will be forchcoming as more info is available.”
People who work downtown say they are not shocked by the news.
“It’s not really something that surprised me, considering there was a break-in at Starlight Cafe next door probably about a week or two ago,” Uptown bartender Nick Harmer said.
“Obviously it’s really sad and pretty scary, but I wasn’t that surprised,” Goldman said. “Being a junior and being here for three years, I have definitely gotten my fair share of ECU alerts.”
Students say even though it happened off-campus, they are still concerned. They hope more can be done to keep Uptown safe.
“More security and cameras, maybe taking the beepers with the blue lights on campus and bringing them downtown,” Goldman said. “That could be helpful.”
“It is alarming,” Harmer said. “Nobody ever really wants to hear that there is a shooting right down the street from one of their favorite drinking spots. Hopefully that doesn’t deter them from coming out and enjoying themselves here.”
Detectives have been able to develop various leads and are following up on those now. The motive of the shooting is still unknown.
Greenville Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that sent two people to the hospital.
Center city units called in shots fired around 2:15 a.m.
Officers responded to the corner of 4th and Contanche St. by the Uptown Greenville parking deck.
Police confirm there are two victims who arrived separately at Vidant suffering from gunshot wounds.
At this time their conditions are unknown.
The investigation is still ongoing.
9 On Your Side is working to get more information as it becomes available.