Bullets fly in church parking lot
The Daily Reflector
Monday, September 4, 2017
Greenville police arrested and charged a Rocky Mount man with firing a gun in the parking lot of Jarvis Memorial Church Sunday after bullets hit vehicles there and the Greenville Police Department’s building.
About 2:45 a.m. police officers were in the Five Points Plaza parking lot in downtown Greenville when they heard several shots coming from the direction of the church. The Five Points Plaza parking lot at the intersection of Fifth and Evans streets connects to the parking lot of the church on the south side of the church. The police department is across the South Greene Street from the church.
The police officers rushed over to where they heard the shots fired and arrived within seconds, according to Kristen Hunter of the Greenville Police Department. They saw a small black vehicle speeding away from the area, pursued it and they stopped the car about three blocks away at the intersection of Evans and Ninth streets. The officers searched the car and found a stolen handgun, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the car, Kevin Christopher Hart, 23, of 212 Mayfare Drive, Rocky Mount, was engaged in a dispute with other individuals in the Jarvis Memorial Church parking lot. At some point during the altercation Hart produced a handgun and fired several rounds, Hunter said.
A stray bullet struck a brick on the side of the Greenville Police Department, causing minimal damage. Some initial media accounts said the shooter had targeted the police department, but that was not the case, Hunter said.
Two unoccupied vehicles also were damaged by gunfire. No one was injured.
Police charged Hart with the felonies of possession of a stolen firearm and discharging a weapon into occupied property, and the misdemeanors of Injury to personal property, possession of marijuana up to 1/2 ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and discharging a firearm with in the city limits.
His bond was set at $128,500, and he was being held in the Pitt County Detention Center.