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Update: Man dies; suspect in custody

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Greenville Police Department Chief Mark Holtzman, in the light blue shirt on the left, talks with an officer in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter in Bells Fork after a shooting on Saturday.

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By Bobby Burns
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Greenville Police Department reported late Saturday that a man shot outside a shopping center in Bells Fork died and a suspect was in custody.

The department had not identified the man, a 19-year-old, who was shot near the Bank of America ATM outside of Harris Teeter. It said the suspect was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. in Beaufort County.

Several agencies are investigating the shooting, which the police department said started as a dispute. Further information was not available.

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A man was seriously injured Saturday in a shooting near an ATM in a parking lot outside the Harris Teeter in Bells Fork Square, Greenville police said.

The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m., according to witnesses and reports from the scene. A suspect left the area before officers arrived but they were able to get a description and were looking for the man.

Several shots were fired, according to Anne Chapman, who was across Charles Boulevard in the Food Lion parking lot. She heard the shots then went inside the store to buy some ice cream and soda.

She exited the store a few minutes later, saw emergency response vehicles and drove into the Harris Teeter lot to investigate, she said. People were trying to help a man on the ground, she said.

“I saw them working on the man over there,” said Chapman, who lives nearby. “I’m just trying to figure out what happened, whether it had something to do with the ATM or something.”

The incident occurred near the Bank of America ATM. A man took off his shirt to try to stop the blood, police said at the scene. He was among several witnesses questioned.

“They took him to the hospital pretty quick,” Chapman said. “They took him off as soon as I got over here.”

Police cordoned off the section of parking lot near the ATM and blocked a portion of Fire Tower Road. Greenville Police Department officers along with Pitt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an ATF officer were among responders.

A news release from the department said an off-duty Greenville officer was first to arrive on scene and discovered a 19-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound.

The off-duty officer rendered first aid until Greenville Fire-Rescue arrived on scene and transported the victim to Vidant Medical Center. The victim sustained serious injuries, the release said.

 Preliminary information provided by witnesses on scene indicates the shooting was the result of a dispute between individuals who were known to each other, the release said.

At the time of the 6:30 p.m. release, no one was in custody. Detectives had identified a person of interest, it said.

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