Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Near School Campus

A man wanted for a shooting last weekend in a Kinston park is now back in Kinston and behind bars.

Kinston police say authorities in Charlotte arrested Lawrence Cox, Jr. around 5:30 p.m. Monday. An anonymous tip led to his arrest.

Cox is accused in the March 8th shooting at Southeast Park, right next to Southeast Elementary School. Donnie Smith of Greenville was shot in the head and at last check was in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Police haven't released a motive for the shooting, but did say there was some type of argument between the two men just prior to the shooting.

Cox was returned to Lenoir County Tuesday and is in jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

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A suspect has been named in Sunday evening's shooting in a Kinston city park.

Police say Lawrence Cox, Jr. is considered armed and dangerous. He's wanted on a warrant for attempted first degree murder.

Sunday Donnie Smith of Greenville was shot in the head during a gathering in the park next to Southeast Elementary School. Police say Smith remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Major Greg Thompson tells WITN News that some type of confrontation between the two men preceded the shooting.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Cox is urged to call Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

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A shooting next door to an elementary school has left a Greenville man critically injured.

It happened last night around 7:00 p.m. at Southeast park, that's right next to Southeast Elementary School on South McDaniel Street in Kinston.

Police say they found Donnie Smith shot in the head when they responded to a shots fired call.

Witnesses told police the gunman was wearing a red hat and black shirt but no further description was released.

The 21-year-old Smith was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where police say he's in critical condition.

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