FIRST ON WITN: Arrest In Beaufort County Shooting

A killer is off the streets according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A man has been arrested and charged in the death of 21-year-old Neal Whitney of Chocowinity.

The suspect is Erick Smallwood, age 20, of Bridge Street in Washington.

Whitney was shot at Lil John's Club on Highway 17 South in Chocowinity in August.

Whitney died from a gunshot wound to the torso. Deputies say more than 80 people were at the property when they arrived.

Whitney was a former standout football player for the Southside Seahawks.

Smallwood was arrested Wednesday and charged with an open count of murder. He is locked up under no bond.



Previous story, from August 29:

One person is dead and the search is on for a suspect following an early Saturday morning shooting at a club in Beaufort County.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says 21 year-old Neal Whitney of Chocowinity was shot at Lil' John's Club on Highway 17 South in Chocowinity around 3:00 am. Whitney died from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Deputies say more than 80 people were at the property when they arrived. The deputies and State Trooper on the scene called for assistance from off-duty deputies and investigators.

Deputies continue to investigate what lead to the shooting.


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