NEW INFO: Three Charged In Lenoir Co. Shootout

Deputies say they have arrested three men for yesterday's shootout that happened in broad daylight in Lenoir County. The shooting took place at the King Mart on Highway 11, north of Kinston.

Two of the men facing charges were injured in that gunfire.

Eric Jackson of Greenville is charged with trafficking in cocaine and assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious bodily injury, with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. His bond was set at $150,000.

Dante Bright of Grifton was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious bodily injury, with the intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. His bond was set at $500,000.

Prince Dupree of Kinston was charged with trafficking in cocaine and assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious bodily injury, with the intent to kill. His bond is set at $300,000.

Lawmen say Jackson and Bright were both in the Olds Cutlass that crashed into the ditch next to the King Mart. The two were treated and released from Lenoir Memorial Hospital with wounds to their arms and were arrested at the hospital. Deputies say Jackson was found with three ounces of cocaine on him at the scene.

Deputies say Dupree was in the other vehicle and showed up at the hospital last night with a head injury. They say apparently Dupree was struck in the head with a hammer by Jackson and Bright.

Lawmen says preliminary information shows that Jackson and Bright met Dupree at the King Mart to sell him cocaine. They say Dupree got into Jackson and Bright's vehicle and the two tried to rob the man and hit him with the hammer.

Deputies say Dupree escaped from the car and got into a white sedan which was also in the parking lot. They say at at this point the shooting started and Jackson and Bright's car then crashed into the ditch. Deputies say gunfire continued and the two men were wounded.

A news release says other arrests are expected.


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Two people were hit in what deputies say was an exchange of gunfire between two cars on a Lenoir County road.

Deputies say around 11:50 a.m. they received a "shots fired" call to the King Mart on Highway 11 North. They found an Oldsmobile riddled with gunshots near the store and two people inside who had been wounded in the arm. Deputies say both people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

That Oldsmobile ended up in a ditch on Morris Drive.

Witnesses told lawmen that those in the Oldsmobile and in another vehicle exchanged gunfire.

The other car, only described as a white sedan, drove south on Highway 11 towards Kinston. Major Chris Hill says three men and a woman were in that second car and at this point they do not know if anyone in that car was injured.

One home and another vehicle were also hit by the gunfire, but there were no injuries from that gunfire.

Deputies say they are now trying to piece together a motive for the shooting.


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More than a dozen lawmen have converged at a Lenoir County convenience store after there were reports of a shooting in the area.

It happened around 11:45 a.m. near the King Mart on Highway 11 near the DuPont plant.

There are at least 15 law enforcement vehicles on the scene, as well as a Highway Patrol helicopter. There is an Oldsmobile in a ditch on Morris Drive and it appears its rear window has been shot out. Lawmen have closed off Morris Drive, which is near King's and they have crime scene tape around the convenience store.

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