1 charged with attempted murder, 2 injured at house party in Grimesland


A man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after a dispute left two teens injured during a house party in Grimesland on Friday.

Akeem J. Battle, 33, was charged with first degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1059 South Grimesland Bridge Road in Grimesland in reference to a dispute around 10:20 p.m.

The dispute took place at a house party, and it is believed that alcohol may be involved.

Deputies said it is believed that the home where the party was taking place is owned by Battle’s relative.

Battle lives a few doors down from where the party was, deputies said.

There were at least ten people at the party.

Deputies said Battle had a dispute earlier in the night with one of the victims.

Battle left the house and came back with a gun.

Deputies arrived on the scene and said that Battle threw the gun down and said there was a dispute.

The gun was a Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic, deputies said.

Shell casings were recovered at the scene.

Deputies were informed that two victims were shot.

The victims were identified as 19-year-old Nigel J. Lewis and 16-year-old Maleek Bowman.

Lewis was in serious condition after being shot five times.

Bowman was shot one time in the foot and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Battle was identified as the suspect and deputies arrested him.

All the individuals involved in the incident knew each other.

Deputies said that there is some indication that Battle called Lewis his cousin, but the blood-relation has not been verified. 

Deputies are investigating whether the gun was obtained legally, and they are looking into the underage consumption of alcohol since the victims were both underage.

They are also not ruling out gang-related activity.

The incident was classified as isolated.

Battle remains in jail under a $500,000 bond.

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