Police are seeking suspects in a shooting Friday in the parking lot of Kelly Park Apartments in Havelock.
The unidentified victim was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He was reportedly shot twice in the leg but was alert at the scene.
Two men, described as black with dreadlocks, fled the scene in what was described as a brownish/reddish Suzuki SUV and have not been caught.
Shots rang out about 12:20 p.m. in the central parking lot at the apartment complex just off Shipman Road.
“We were all in here. We heard the shots,” said Donald Smith, a witness. “The guy was down there laying down. The guy that done it was gone.”
According to witnesses and the initial investigation, the suspect and victim were involved in a fight in the parking lot when the shooting happened.
“I walked by there and they were already fighting,” witness Gary Wallace said. “The one that was doing the shooting was getting his tail beat. I guess he retaliated.”
Smith said he didn’t know either of the men involved.
“The one that got shot knows who it is,” he said.
Smith said he was watching a crime show on television and thought initially that the shots he heard were from the TV.
“I was watching ‘In the Heat of the Night’ up there while I was washing dishes,” he said. “All of us heard the shots. He shot about four or five times.”
Police placed yellow markers by at least seven spent 9mm shells in the middle of the parking lot. Markers were also placed next to a pair of sandals and a piece of clothing at the scene.
In the minutes after the shooting, there was a report that the suspect Suzuki had been sighted in Carteret County. Authorities searched U.S. 70, Nine-Foot Road and Lake Road but could not find the vehicle.
Havelock police are continuing the investigation and have not released the name of the victim or any suspects. The victim’s condition at the hospital was not immediately available.
The shooting is the second in the last nine months at Kelly Park Apartments. On Nov. 17, Demetri Shavar Berry, 28, was shot and killed as he broke into an apartment. The district attorney’s office, based on the police investigation, determined the shooter, Marvin Lovell Norris Jr., 19, was defending himself and was not charged.