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UPDATE: Arrests made in fatal Thursday morning shooting

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South Pitt Street was the location of a homicide early Thursday.

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Tyler Stocks

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Greenville Police Department has made a second arrest in the Thursday morning slaying of a man that officials labeled as a targeted attack.

Cameron Randell Whichard, 28, has been charged with felony accessory after the fact in the shooting death of 52-year-old Leroy Barnes about 12:30 a.m. on South Pitt Street .

Detectives believe Whichard helped James Zevantron Johnson, 31, leave the scene of the crime. Johnson has been charged with an open count of murder in the shooting.

Johnson and Barnes knew each other, police said.

Barnes was located in the 1700 block of South Pitt Street, a residential area south of Howell Street near Brown Street, just across from the Pitt Street Mini Mart.

Officers arrived on the scene within two minutes of getting a Shotspotter alert and located Barnes lying in the middle of the street and suffering from gunshot wounds, Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.

Holtzman said Barnes was shot multiple times and that police officers and EMS personnel attempted life-saving measures. Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene, a police department news release said.

Niagra Williams who lives two houses down from where Barnes’ body was found said she heard the gunshots and ran outside.

“I came outside and I heard everybody say, ‘Call the ambulance’ when I was running back in, Williams said. “He was laying in the middle of the road taking his last breath before the police showed up.”

Williams said she was shaken up by the shooting.

“We hadn’t ever had a situation like this and I went down there when it happened,” she said. “I came out after I heard the gunshots because it’s typical, I hear it all the time. It’s kinda hard to deal with.”

Another neighbor who did not wish to be identified said the shooting happened in front of his home and that he was in bed when the gunshots rang out.

During a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Holtzman called the shooting a “targeted incident”.

“We have lots of information and tips at this point that lead us to believe this was not a random incident,” he said.

Holtzman said the term “targeted incident” means there’s some sort of relationship and connection between the suspect and the victim.

“That’s a strong connection that leads us to believe that there’s no other threat to the surrounding neighborhood at this point,” he said

Holtzman said he spoke to Barnes’ family as part of the investigation.

“I know they appreciated the efforts that were made by law enforcement,” he said. “The family and even some of the people in the community were very cooperative with us and we’re fortunate for that. Nobody wants it in their neighborhood and our thoughts are going out to the family. It’s tough to have that experience.”

An autopsy for Barnes is scheduled for today.

Johnson was booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond on Thursday night.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Greenville Police Department at 329-4315 or CrimeStoppers at 758-7777. Callers may remain anonymous.

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The Greenville Police Department has made an arrest in the Thursday morning slaying of a man that officials labeled as a “targeted attack.”

James Zevantron Johnson Jr., 31, has been charged with the murder or 52-year-old Leroy Antonio Barnes of Greenville. Johnson and Barnes knew each other, police said.

Barnes was found shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Pitt Street, a residential area south of Howell Street near Brown Street, just across from the Pitt Street Mini Mart.

Officers arrived on the scene within two minutes of getting a Shotspotter alert and located Barnes lying in the middle of the street and suffering from gunshot wounds, Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.

Holtzman said Barnes was shot multiple times and that police officers and EMS personnel attempted life-saving measures. Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene, a police department news release said.

Niagra Williams who lives two houses down from where Barnes’ body was found said she heard the gunshots and ran outside.

“I came outside and I heard everybody say, ‘Call the ambulance’ when I was running back in, Williams said. “He was laying in the middle of the road taking his last breath before the police showed up.”

Williams said she was shaken up by the shooting.

“We hadn’t ever had a situation like this and I went down there when it happened,” she said. “I came out after I heard the gunshots because it’s typical, I hear it all the time. It’s kinda hard to deal with.”

Another neighbor who did not wish to be identified said the shooting happened in front of his home and that he was in bed when the gunshots rang out.

During a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Holtzman called the shooting a “targeted incident”.

“We have lots of information and tips at this point that lead us to believe this was not a random incident,” he said.

Holtzman said the term “targeted incident” means there’s some sort of relationship and connection between the suspect and the victim.

“That’s a strong connection that leads us to believe that there’s no other threat to the surrounding neighborhood at this point,” he said

Holtzman said he spoke to Barnes’ family as part of the investigation.

“I know they appreciated the efforts that were made by law enforcement,” he said. “The family and even some of the people in the community were very cooperative with us and we’re fortunate for that. Nobody wants it in their neighborhood and our thoughts are going out to the family. It’s tough to have that experience.”

An autopsy for Barnes is scheduled for today.

Johnson was booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond on Thursday night.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Greenville Police Department at 329-4315 or CrimeStoppers at 758-7777. Callers may remain anonymous.

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