Second suspect arrested in Greenville fatal shooting

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)

UPDATE: Greenville Police announced Friday that a second person has been charged in connection to the murder of 52-year-old Leroy Barnes, which happened Thursday morning on South Pitt Street in Greenville.

Police say 28-year-old Cameron Randell Whichard, of Parkway Court in Greenville, has been arrested and charged with Felony Accessory After the Fact.

Whichard is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.

On Thursday evening, police arrested 32-year-old James Zevantron Johnson Jr., of Crockett Drive in Greenville, and charged him with an Open Count of Murder.

Johnson Jr. is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center without bond.

Detectives believe Whichard helped Johnson leave the scene of the crime after he fatally shot Barnes.

Police say Johnson was known to Barnes, and also said they believe Barnes was targeted in this murder, and it was not a random incident.

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Greenville Police have made an arrest in connection to a homicide reported on South Pitt Street Thursday overnight.

On Thursday, the Greenville Police Department said that James Z. Johnson Jr. was charged with the murder of 52-year-old Leroy Barnes.

According to police, Johnson was known to Barnes.

Johnson was sent to the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond.

Stay with WNCT for more updates.

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Greenville Police have identified the victim of a Thursday morning homicide on South Pitt Street, which is still under investigation, police say.

According to Greenville Police, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a Shotspotter alert detected gunfire in the 1700 block of South Pitt Street.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes of the alert, and found 52-year-old Leroy Anthonio Barnes, of Greenville, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police officials.

Greenville Police officials say the officers and EMS personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives say the investigation into this homicide is ongoing, but they have reason to believe the victim was likely targeted, and this was not a random incident. Investigators are following up on numerous leads at this time, according to police.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Greenville Police at 252-329-4315 or call Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777. You can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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The Greenville Police Department is investigating an early Thursday morning homicide.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of S. Pitt Street.

According to the department’s public information officer, Kristen Hunter, a Shotspotter alert detected the gunfire. Greenville police arrived on the scene within two minutes and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

He died at the scene. His identity is not being released at this time.

Detectives have reason to believe the victim was likely targeted and this was not a random incident. They are following up on numerous leads at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777. You can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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