Greenville police detectives are investigating after a local store was struck by multiple rifle rounds on Sunday afternoon.
An incident report obtained Tuesday indicates four Remington .223 caliber brass shell casings were recovered at the Dollar General, located at 3920 Charles Blvd.
The report also indicates that eight bullet holes were found in the stucco siding of the store and two exit holes were discovered inside, the building.
Police department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said there was an employee inside the building at the time of the incident, which took place about about 12:25 p.m.
The employee heard a sound but was not aware that the rear exterior corner of the building had been struck by gunfire.
No one was injured in the incident.
Metro PCS store robbed at gunpoint
Greenville police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Metro PCS, 146 Greenville Blvd., about 8 p.m. on Dec. 4, the Greenville Police Department reported.
A store clerk reported several men entered the store and one of them of displayed a gun and demanded money. The men drove away with an undisclosed amount of cash and numerous cellphones.
A short time later, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Greenville Boulevard and 14th Street. After a brief pursuit, officers stopped the car on 10th Street near Verdant Drive. The stolen property was found in the car.
Zikeal Kiheem Chance, 23, of Simpson; Monterius Jaquel Clark, 23, of Greenville; and 19-year-old Tyire Cantey of Kinston were arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Chance’s bond was set at $200,000. Clark’s bond was set at $1 million and Cantey’s bond was set at $250,000.
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Dispute between neighbors turns violent
A confrontation between two neighbors quickly escalated on Friday afternoon, after one of the men confronted the other with a gun shortly after 1 p.m. near some townhomes on Thackery Road.
Vasco LaFarge Atkinson, 25, of 2700 Thackery Road, Apt. 8, allegedly confronted Kareem Jabbar Williams with a semi-automatic handgun and a struggle ensued, Greenville Police Department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said.
As the men were struggling, Atkinson’s gun went off injuring him, Hunter said.
Atkinson’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Takeema Keisha Maye, tried to break up the fight and fired at Williams with her handgun, Hunter said.
Williams was not injured. Atkinson was transported to Vidant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Based on witness accounts, Atkinson and Maye both were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Atkinson also was charged with possession of firearm by felon.
One of Atkinson’s arrest warrants states that he was convicted of breaking and entering on Feb. 7, 2014 and sentenced to three years of supervised probation.
The case is still under investigation.
Men assaulted at homeless shelter
Two men were injured after being assaulted with a cane on Thursday afternoon at the Community Crossroads Center, 207 Manhattan Ave., according to a Greenville Police Department incident report.
The report indicates a 47-year-old man suffered minor injuries and a 23-year-old man suffered severe lacerations as a result of the assault, which took place at 1:42 p.m. near the shelter’s respite building.
The respite building, located next to the main building, provides elderly and disabled residents with a place to stay during the day as the main shelter doesn’t open until 6 p.m.
The center’s executive director, Ken Becker, said the men were attacked by a man who was not a resident of the shelter.
“We had a person from the outside come in and he was upset and emotionally distraught,” Becker said. “He was claiming that somebody had stolen from him and he started hitting on somebody.”
Becker said another resident tried to break up the fight and the distraught man grabbed a cane out of his car and started beating him.
“The guy got a cane out, broke it in half and started beating him with the two halves of the cane,” Becker said.
Becker said both of the assault victims have been treated and released from the hospital.
In the wake of the incident, Becker said his staff is reviewing security protocols and likely will add additional security cameras to the respite building.
Becker said he has since warned residents not to approach people from the outside and to report suspicious behavior.
“I think people just need to be aware of their surroundings and watch out for people. Basically, if you see something, you need to say something,” Becker said.