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UPDATE: Fountain man dies from injuries in May robbery, suspects charged upgraded

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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office confirms 35-year old Anthony Parker has died. Deputies say he was shot during an armed robbery in May, outside his home in Fountain. 

Deputies arrested four men in the case, 28-year-old Samual Donshay Melton Jr., 23-year-old Lamario Melton, 26-year-old Anthony Phillips and a 15-year-old juvenile.

Since the shootin, Parker's family say he has been in a coma, but breathing on his own.

According the Pitt County Detention Center, Lemario Melton and Anthony Phillps now face a first degree murder charge. A charge that was added on Saturday, the same day Parker passed away.

Melton and Phillips are in the Pitt County Detention withou bond for the upgraded 1st degree murder charges.

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The Pitt County Sheriff's office confirms they have made a 4th arrest in the case of an attempted murder in Fountain.

28-year-old Samual Donshay Melton Jr. is charged with accessory after the fact.

He's being held on a $1,000,000 secured bond.

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Three men arrested early this morning are charged with shooting a Fountain man in the head last week.

23-year-old Lamario Melton and 26-year-old Anthony Phillips are in the Pitt County Detention Center on 2-million dollar secured bonds. A 15-year-old juvenile was also charged.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Christy Wallace said deputies believe Melton and Phillips shot 35-year-old Anthony Parker outside his home in broad daylight.

At last check Parker was still in a coma at Vidant Medical Center.

Deputies returned to the Fountain neighborhood Tuesday to follow up on leads in the case. They've now charged Melton, Phillips and the juvenile with attempted first degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.

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A shooter is still on the loose and deputies don't want to leave any stone unturned.

A week ago, someone shot Anthony Parker outside his home in Fountain.

Tuesday, deputies were back in the neighborhood to look around for new leads.

They stopped drivers and asked them to call with any information.

Sheriff Neil Elks said he and his department need the community to work together to help figure out who did this.

"We're not going to rest until we get our case solved and get this man in jail," said Sheriff Neil Elks.

Last week, Parker's cousin, John Edwards, told 9 On Your Side he couldn't understand who would want to hurt his cousin.

"My neighbors, we never had no worries. We never had no disagreements," said Edwards.

9 On Your Side also talked with Parker's family last week. They said he was in a coma at Vidant Medical Center.

Anyone with information call the Pitt County Sheriff's Office or CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.

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Deputies have identified the man shot in the head in Fountain Tuesday afternoon.

Officials with the Pitt County Sheriff's office tell 9 On Your Side the victim is 35-year-old Anthony Parker.

It happened on Lynch Street. Law enforcement said they got the call about the incident around 2:25 Tuesday afternoon.

Parker was taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. His family said he's in a coma.

Parker's cousin, John Edwards, told 9 on your side a man and a woman came up to him and told them he needed to check on Parker. When he walked over to the house, he found Parker shot in the head. He's not sure why anyone would want to hurt his cousin.

"I looked in the gazebo and he was laying down. He looked to me like he was trying to get up but he was unable. I guess because he probably didn't have enough strength to. But he was yelling, 'get them off of me, get them off of me!' I didn't try to ask no questions, but I knew from the get go when I saw the wound to the head that it was a gunshot wound and I said 'lord I hope that he makes it'," he said.

Parker lived with his grandmother to help her with some health issues.

The Sheriff's Department says they have several suspects in the incident, but are still in the early stages of the investigation.

If you have any information call the Sheriff's Office at 252-830-4141 or CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.

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