BETHEL — A man was shot multiple times at a home in Bethel early Friday morning and later died at the hospital, according to police and family members.
Clurisa Harrell and her husband, 46-year-old Antoine Harrell, were asleep in the home at 112 Linberg Lane when a man began banging on their door about 1 a.m., she said.
“(The intruder) asked Antoine to give him his money and Antoine kicked the door closed and told him to get out," Harrell said, adding that her husband told the man he was calling the police.
Harrell said the suspect, who police described as a black man with dreadlocks, had his face covered and she couldn’t get a good look at him.
All she knows is that as her husband tried to guard the door, the man opened fire.
“He just started shooting,” Harrell said.
Hit several times, Antoine Harrell was transported to Vidant Medical Center, where he later died, his wife said.
Harrell said she is still in shock knowing that someone killed her husband of seven years. She wants to know why he was targeted.
“Antoine was a good person. He laughed all the time; he was always laughing," Harrell said. "He didn’t have any enemies. Everybody liked him; he was a loving person."
Several neighbors gathered on Friday morning and recalled Harrell as a good person in the community.
He went by Boo-boo and was known for his contagious smile and sense of humor, they said.
“He was a good hearted-person,” one neighbor said.
Another added that Harrell was always laughing and smiling and didn’t bother anyone.
Bethel Police Department Chief Amanda Tyndall said officers were dispatched to the home shortly after 2 a.m. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene first.
Tyndall said officers recovered multiple shell casings along with a handgun.
Police said on Friday afternoon the case remained under investigation and no arrest had been made.
“I’m in disbelief right now; I can’t believe he’s gone,” Harrell said.