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Arrest made in theater shooting

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Shameeka Latrice Lynch, 30, was arrested Saturday and charged in connection to a shooting that took place at the AMC theater on Firetower Road on Feb.23.

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By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Greenville Police Department has arrested and charged a Tarboro-area woman in the Friday night gunfire incident at the AMC movie theater on Fire Tower Road.  

Shameeka Latrice Lynch, 30, 890 N.C. 33, turned herself in to the authorities late Saturday, the department reported. She is charged with one count of discharging a firearm in an enclosure to incite fear and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. She was jailed at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.

Just before midnight on Friday, Greenville officers responded to 1685 E. Fire Tower Road for the report of shots fired. Witnesses called from inside the theater to gunfire. Police determined there was an altercation between several people over assigned seating during a showing of “Black Panther.”

The shot prompted a panic inside the theater, and calls to police resulted in an active-shooter response by several waves of officers.

Chief Mark Holtzman said Saturday one shot was fired into the ceiling as a result of seating dispute. He said during a Saturday press briefing that the department was looking for a man who was wearing a white and blue shirt and a white and blue hat. The man purchased tickets and came with a woman, the chief said.

A man has not been arrested. Further arrests are likely, police department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said in a news release, but further details were not available Sunday evening.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident and anyone who was in Theater 2 and left the area before talking to officers to please contact the department.

“What we would ask the community is to work with us,” Holtzman said on Saturday. “Our goal is to speak to everybody that was in that theater last night to make sure we’ve covered all of our bases. If you were here last night, if you were in movie theater No. 2, we need to talk to you ... Even if it was nothing more than, ‘I was in there; I didn’t see anything.’ Perhaps you [saw something] and you don’t even know it.

“We will continue to investigate this and pursue this matter very aggressively and our goal is to bring some closure to this case and obviously prevent this type of incident from happening in our community again in the future,” Holtzman said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 329-4150.

Contact Tyler Stocks at Tstocks@reflector.com and 252-329-9566.

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