1 man hospitalized, suspect charged in Greenville shooting

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Pitt Co., NC Sheriff’s Office

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Greenville Police said one man has been hospitalized and a suspect has been charged after a shooting reported Sunday on South Pitt Street.

According to the Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer, Kristen Hunter, Sunday around 12:30 p.m. officers responded to a shooting near the Pitt Street Mini Mart at 1701 South Pitt Street.

At the scene, officers found 31-year-old Thomas Lee James who had been shot twice and was taken to Vidant Medical Center by private vehicle.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Investigators learned James was standing outside the Pitt Street Mini Mart, when the suspect, 38-year-old Derrick Lamont Daniels, of Greenville, allegedly walked up to James and began shooting at him.

Police said James ran into the store to get away, but video from a nearby security camera showed Daniels continued to shoot into the open doorway of the store, which had four other people inside.

No one inside the store was hurt, and the store was not damaged, police said.

Officers quickly identified Daniels as the shooting suspect and found him in the 900 block of Howell Street, just a few minutes after the shooting.

Detectives believe the shooting may have stemmed from an earlier altercation between James and Daniels.

Daniels was arrested and charged with one count each of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony discharge of a weapon on an occupied property, and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Daniels was taken to the Pitt County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

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