Havelock Police have made a second arrest in their homicide investigation in the shooting of Gerald Fitzpatrick Price.
Ronald O’Neal Morris, 22, of 1230 Creek Drive in Morehead City, was arrested by Havelock investigators without incident on Tuesday. Morris is charged with felony accessory after the fact for his involvement in the Aug. 1 shooting death of Price on Cedar Ridge Lane in Havelock.
Police allege that Morris provided the getaway vehicle used by Christopher Lee Godette, 23, also of Morehead City, who is charged with murder in the death. Godette was arrested one day after the shooting.
At a first appearance hearing held Wednesday, Morris’ bond was raised from $50,000 to $250,000 secured.
Morris has been identified as the owner of a black Dodge Ram 2500 series, crew cab pick-up truck with no tailgate that was initially observed by witnesses leaving the scene of the shooting on Aug. 1.
“Police at this time are still attempting to determine the motive for the shooting but believe given the appearance of the scene that the shooting was an intentional act targeting the victim and not a random act of violence,” said a release from Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus. “Leads developed during the follow-up investigation have provided sufficient cause for the arrest of a second individual.”
Price, 45, was found in his front yard with multiple gunshot wounds and transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he died.
According to Cyrus, the investigation is ongoing.
Havelock Police are requesting that anyone with information about the shooting contact the police department at 447-3212. Persons who wish to remain anonymous can call the Confidential tip Line at 463-7115 or go online to www.havelocknc.us and select Police, then Tip.
Morris has been convicted of felonies including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, drug possession and numerous misdemeanors including breaking and entering, larceny and assault. He has spent more than three years behind bars, with his most recent release being June of this year, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections website. Morris also has pending cases for assault on a female and attempted breaking and entering in Carteret County.