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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  • by TO ANONY. on Oct 4, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 04:15 PM I have never seen so much incorrect grammar in all my life. Have you all ever heard of periods or comma's? Look over what you post before you post it!!! RIP Neal. We must still understand that Eric still has a soul...Who cares about grammer..This is a site where people can express their thoughts and feelings.I DON'T think people should be worrying about dotting every I and crossing every T..You up here,being judgemental and talking about God,in the same paragraph..Do that make sense..Now,you take your own advice and proof-read..Better yet,proof-read mines because I didn't..I type to fast..You're way off topic.Step to the topic and get off your high horse,PLEASE!!! REST IN PEACE,NEAL..
  • by icare Location: Washington on Oct 2, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    Where does the young adults have to go? The city and county provides no place. Personally, I do not think this is a concern to them; if so, there would be a place. It is sad that Beaufort County does not care to have any activities for these young adults. Sure there is sports in school, but not all young adults can make it on the team. Young adults are our tomorrow leaders and these adults that has the leadership today should see the importance of this matter. So with the death of this fine your man lets see the importance of this matter and take action to provide something.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I have never seen so much incorrect grammar in all my life. Have you all ever heard of periods or comma's? Look over what you post before you post it!!! RIP Neal. We must still understand that Eric still has a soul that needs to be saved. Instead of running your mouth about it pray that the Lord's will should be done and where ever Eric may find himself that he may find Deliverance and Salvation, that he'll get saved!!!
  • by N/A Location: Edwards on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    This is the first murder solved in Beafort county, this is to Allen Jordan, quit runnin round here (Edwards and Aurora) tryin to bust people that sell drugs and solve some murders. Even we know everybody that got killed and who did it. We're not on payroll to snitch or be a crime stopper for u. Thats ur job. U'd rather put someone in jail for 21yrs for drugs but cant find a murder suspect when all roads lead to one person. I think they shoud disassemble the whole department so we can give the families so closier and the gratitude they need. Earl Grimes has been gone for 5 years to the day and even I know who did it, but u woont someone to talk or tell you what happened but u lock us up for drugs. U cant get respect unless u give it so dont come around asking questions like someones gonna give info when U got them on the ground for pocession of Marijuana. So I hope this gets to Allen Jordan, Turbo, Watson and ur whole crew.
  • by Crunch Location: Edwards on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    That wasnt called for. U get beat up, u live tofight another day. Neal cant fight again cause of E's pride and I knew E. I thought he was cool but to take another dudes life in his primes is unforgivable. I hope he gets what he deserves. punk
  • by pat Location: choco on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    To Helpful advice: I agree with you, some of these comments are really just uncalled for. Both of these parents are suffering.
  • by Anonymous Location: washington on Sep 29, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    hold ya head ERICK SMALLWOOD..half of u people up here don't know anything so why talk about it?
  • by Helpful advice to the jerks out there on Sep 29, 2009 at 02:56 AM
    Before you post, underneith the link to the comments there's a link that says "Hey, read the rules!". As I read the rules here's something that everybody should keep in mind while posting on these forums... 10. WITN will delete posts that are insensitive to grieving families. WITN will ban posters who deliberately try to antagonize those families. WITN Moderater: Would you please do your part as well and really read what some of these people are posting. People are being very hateful on these posts and it is starting to get out of hand.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    You ppl are unbelieveable, you should be posting things up here to comfort the family of both guys. All parents can do is raise their children once they're old enough to do what they want that means it's time to let them learn on their own.
  • by unbelievable on Sep 27, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    How about closing down all these after hours hole's in the wall in the first place. Everybody wants to lead the "thug-life" instead of manning up and being better than that. U wonder why they wind up in jail, cause it's all they're taught...be a thug, wear some bling, hang out with the homies...cmon ppl! get your kids an education and some actual goals in life besides how to shoot a gun, or sell dope. They might not wind up in these situations. As for the killer? let 'em rot, he took a life end of story.
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