Havelock police are trying to piece together the events that resulted in a shooting death Saturday morning at the Kelly Park Apartment complex on Shipman Road.
Demetri Shavar Berry, 28, died Saturday afternoon at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He was shot once in the lower chest/upper abdomen area at around 10:24 a.m. Saturday at the complex, Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said.
When police arrived at the scene, Berry was initially responsive at the foot of the first floor foyer area in front of apartment L-4, but Cyrus said Berry did not live in that apartment.
Cyrus said police are seeking a suspect but described him only as a black male.
He also said Berry’s death had not been classified as a homicide, as the investigation is continuing.
“We don’t know if it’s a murder yet,” Cyrus said. “We don’t know all the facts. We’re still going over the information provided by the witnesses. We’re not at a point yet to say that we have a murder.”
He said about a dozen witnesses had been interviewed.
“We’re still seeking information from witnesses, so hopefully we will be able to determine all those facts once we interview all those parties involved,” he said. “All that’s going to come out later. We’re still in the process of locating witnesses and looking for the alleged shooter. Once we have all those processes complete, we will be presenting all that to the district attorney to make a determination as to how to proceed from here. We haven’t finished with it, so we have not yet determined that we have a homicide.”
Cyrus said the exact weapon used in the shooting also isn’t known.
“We believe at this point it was a handgun but I do not know the caliber,” he said.
Asked if Berry was armed at the time of the shooting, Cyrus refused to say.
“That’s a question you’ll have answered later. I’m not going to put out information or speculate on anything right now,” Cyrus said. “I don’t want anyone jumping to any conclusions. I don’t want misinformation being put out there.
“We haven’t determined all of the facts and circumstances yet, so it’s too early to determine how to categorize it. We’re exploring all possibilities. The result of the incident was that Mr. Berry was shot one time and passed as a result of the gun shot. We haven’t released anything regarding the circumstances nor will we until we can get everything together and present that to the district attorney.”
On Monday, police responded back to the apartment complex and left with a person of interest in the case. That person was not in handcuffs.
“We had received information that indicated that a person we were interested in locating was at the apartment building so we responded units over there to determine whether that information was factual or not,” Cyrus said. “He was a person of interest who we were looking for. I’m not going to identify him as a suspect because we have not yet completed the interviews.”
Cyrus said Berry had a fiancé in the area and that his father was in the military and serving overseas. He said arrangements were being made for Berry’s father to return the United States.
At the time of his death, Berry was on probation for a Sept. 8, 2011, conviction of possession of a firearm by a felon and felony possession of marijuana, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections website.
Anyone with more information on the shooting can contact the Havelock Police Department at 447-3212. Those wishing to leave an anonymous tip can call 467-7115 or go online to www.havelocknc.us.