Teen charged in Jacksonville shooting, victim remains in critical condition

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - One man remains in critical condition Wednesday morning following a shooting that landed one man behind bars in the east.

Authorities say it happened in Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon. Detectives say a fight broke out between several people who were in the area of 500 Myrtlewood Circle.

During the fight, they say Octavious Bryant, 18, pulled out a handgun and shot several times, striking Manzell Smith Jr., 26, and Neino Parker, 21.

Smith was transported to Vidant Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition Wednesday morning. Parker denied medical care at the scene, according to officials.

Bryant is charged with one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

A suspect has been arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill following a shooting in Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2:00 p.m. Jacksonville Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 500 block of Myrtlewood Circle.

Officers found two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

One victim, 26-year-old Manzell Smith Jr, of Jacksonville, was transported to Naval Medical Center and later flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He is listed in critical condition.

The second victim, 21-year-old Neino Parker, of Jacksonville, declined medical transport at the scene.

Detectives say a fight took place where 18-year-old Octavious Bryant pulled out a handgun and shot several times striking both victims.

Bryant was taken into custody at 4:27 PM, at 775 Jim Blake Rd Lot 6 Jacksonville, NC.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


Police are looking for a gunman after two people were shot in one Eastern Carolina city.

Jacksonville police say they responded to a "shots fired" call shortly after 2:00 p.m. to an apartment on Myrtlewood Circle. Those apartments are off Country Club Road across from the mall.

One victim was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, while police say the second victim refused to be taken to the hospital.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Jacksonville police at 910-938-6410 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.