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Teen could face life in prison, death penalty for Havelock bar shooting

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A high school student charged with killing a bouncer at a Havelock bar made his first appearance in court Wednesday.
18-year-old Jonathan Pugh went before a judge this morning. He's being held without bond. And the judge says he could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Police say the Havelock High School junior was thrown out of Flyers bar around 1 a.m. for fighting. They say Pugh came back later and opened fire in the parking lot.
39-year-old Todd North, a retired Marine, died. Several others were hurt.
911 released Tuesday revealed a frightening scene in the moments just after a fatal bar shooting.

North's friends and family have created a makeshift memorial outside the bar.  
Pugh's next court appearance is set for May 3.

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Phone calls to 911 reveal a frightening scene in the moments following a fatal bar shooting in Havelock.

Police say the shooting at Flyers bar on Sunday, in which a bouncer was killed and several others injured, unleashed a flood of 911 calls from frightened customers. Several of those phone calls were released Tuesday.

According to police, Jonathan Pugh, 18, came to the bar around 1 AM Sunday and opened fire. Retired Marine Todd North, 39, a bouncer, was killed after he locked the door to prevent Pugh from coming in the bar, according to the owner of Flyers, John Bruns.

Dispatchers had a difficult time hearing what the 911 callers were saying due to the noise levels in the bar, said Lt. Brian Woods. But the franticness of the callers' voices pointed to one thing: chaos.

"Please come!" a woman told 911."OK, we're sending police down. We have police coming," the dispatcher responded.

Pugh had been kicked out of the bar earlier that night for fighting, said Bruns. He was part of one of two groups of people who were fighting with each other, a conflict which escalated when a security team moved the two groups outside the bar. 

A person was hit over the head with a baseball bat, said police.

Several people were taken to the hospital with injuries following the shooting, including Pugh, who is charged with one open count of murder.

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A community in the East is grieving the loss of a bouncer who died protecting others.

Todd North, 39, a retired Marine, was shot early Sunday morning at Flyers bar in Havelock. Police have arrested and charged a Havelock High School student, 18-year-old Jonathan Pugh, with murder.

The bar's owner, John Bruns, says Pugh was thrown out of the bar around 1 AM for fighting, then later came back and shot North, who was trying to close the door and prevent Pugh from getting back in.

Outside the bar friends and family created a makeshift memorial, including flowers, candles, and personal notes, where several people called him a hero.

"He shielded the door, made sure the guy couldn't come in. And he locked the door up. His last act was locking that door to make sure everybody else inside was safe," said J.T. Weston, a bouncer at Flyers bar, who says he was two feet away when North was shot.

North is survived by his wife and 15-month-old baby, according to Bruns. Police say several people were hurt in the shooting, including the suspect.

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Havelock Police say a retired Marine from Cherry Point is dead and several others injured, including a suspect, after a shooting at Flyers bar around 1:13 Sunday morning.

During the investigation police learned a fight had started inside Flyers bar.  As a result, staff members removed several people who ended up outside in the parking lot.  A little while later, police say 18-year-old Jonathan Richard Pugh, a junior at Havelock High School, returned to Flyers and was blocked from entering the bar. That's when police say Pugh started shooting.

Investigators say 39-year-old Todd North, who was head of security at the bar,  fired back at Pugh.  During the shootout, police say North was shot. North was treated at the scene but later died from gunshot wounds. North's friends are still trying to figured out why this happened.

"Everybody's in shock. [They] can't believe it actually happened. That it actually happened to North. It's unreal. North is just an amazing guy [a] good friend you can count on him for anything. Just all and all a great guy. It's hard to believe that he's gone," said friend Dale Brown.

"I couldn't imagine it. I was scared. I know somebody who got shot and , it's scary to think that he's gone," said family friend Denise Bays.

Several people were transported to Carolina East Medical Center for further treatment including Pugh. Several other people refused to be transported after getting treatment at the scene.

Two guns were found at the scene; investigators believe one belonged to Pugh and the other to North.

Further investigation revealed one person sustained injuries from a baseball bat.

Havelock Police have conferred with District Attorney Scott Thomas concerning this investigation. Thomas says Pugh has been charged with one count of murder,  but investigators do expect more charges to be filed as the investigation continues.

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