Police arrest suspect involved in one of the shootings reported in Kinston


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Police have arrested a suspect involved in one of the shootings reported in Kinston on Tuesday.

On Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Kinston Police Department arrested Bobby Damon Lawson, 20, of Kinston, in relation to the shooting incident of Virgil Shaw.

Lawson was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and is being processed by investigators.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Police have identified the victim in one of the shootings reported in Kinston Tuesday night.

In reference to the shooting incident near Lincoln and Sasser streets Tuesday night, the victim has been treated and released from Vidant Medical Center.

The victim has been identified as Virgil Shaw, 55, of Cove City.

The shooting does not appear to be associated with the shots fired in the area of Sherwood Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Police said it appears to be an isolated incident between two people who were acquaintances.


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) Police are investigating two shootings reported in the Kinston area.

On Tuesday, the Kinston Police Department were dispatched to several shots fired calls around 5:27 p.m.

Reports of shots fired were given for several locations.

Officers responded and began searching the area.

The shooting was reported near Sherwood Avenue and East Street.

Officers located evidence of shots being fired and received information of suspects involved running from the scene and into a residence on the 300 block of Sherwood Avenue.

Kinston Police Department SWAT team with the assistance of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team subsequently searched the residence.

No suspects were located.

Around 8:03 p.m. officers received information that a subject who had been shot was at the Kinston Police Department.

Upon arrival, officers located a 55-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Further investigation revealed the victim was near the area of Lincoln and Sasser streets when the shooting occurred and then drove himself to the police department.

The victim was transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.

Both cases are currently under investigation.

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