Charges Greenville Shooter Could Face

Tuesday's double fatal shooting in downtown Greenville raises questions on how the suspected gunman will be charged.

Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett says in a situation where a gunman shoots a target other than their intended victim, the shooter can be charged with an array of offenses. Everett says the scenario is called transferred intent.

Depending on the details of the crime, the suspect can be charged with anything from first degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Greenville police are looking 32 year-old James Richardson in the deaths of ECU student, 21 year-old Landon Blackley, and the manager of the 5th street Michaelangelos Pizza, 28 year-old Andrew Kirby.

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  • by Mattchu Location: Ayden/Gvegas, NC on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Drew Kirby was more then just a pizza maker, to most that's what everyone knew him as, but to the real friends and family that knew Drew like I did, considering that I worked for him are all taking this situation pretty darn good for what has happend, Andrew Kirby was the type of guy that you couldn't hate for anything, always smileing and always putting others before him. It's such a shame to have something like this happen, but it did, thats everyday life. He will be forever missed and never forgotten, Drew "your my boy Blue" and you will always be missed! Now time to sit and play the waiting game as to see what is going to happen to MR. Jason Richardson, I hope that GOD strikes down with all his might upon you and you dont even get a choice as to what happends to your life. You made the decission to take someone else's life, Now you have to live with that untill your time is up. And I feel that wont be far ahead at all, RIP: Andrew Kirby & Landon Blackley!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    I hope this guy is brought to justice soon... Not to worry the judge is going to throw the book at him! Good! Who is he to take matters into his own hands and play God by taking these two innocent lives. May God have mercy on your evil soul.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 1, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    I'm with you Lynn/Kinston Why should this guy be tried for anything less than 1st Degree. He had an opportunity to leave, to not get his gun, to not shoot two random people. I realize in this case if the victims had been armed it would not have mattered, however, if someone had been then him being on the loose may not be an issue. Thank the NC legislature for not allowing passing bills like the Castle Doctrine which allows you to shoot someone who enters your house with intent to do you and your family harm. They must be in the house, they must be armed and YOU can't have an avenue of escape! A person with a CCW is not even allowed to carry his\her firearm into a resturant that serves alcohol thanks to Deborah Ross stalling the bill in the Judiciary I committee. The law already prevents anyone who consumes alcohol in a resturant or elsewhere from CCW! The law abbiding citizens will be defensless and the killers will have the weapons! NC & Nation needs to stop the criminals not US!!!
  • by Ed Location: Wmston on Jul 1, 2009 at 06:04 PM
    Put him on a deserted island with all his illegitimate off springs and the mothers of them and let them all rot in hell. Maybe it would stop more killing 20 years from now.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 1, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    Lynn, I'm with you, time to stop these "thug's", some how, some way.
  • by Lynn Location: Kinston on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    You know everyone talks with their mouths right wide open, but honestly, if that guy had killed my child and was still running from the law, I would do everything in my power to find him and if I did no one would have to worry about what charges he would be facing. If the law doesn't do something soon with these idiots that are murdering these innocent people, I am afraid that vigilante tactics will be enforced and I know 2 wrongs don't make a "right", but seriously something has to be done.
  • by Fed up Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    Anything less than the death penalty is an insult. This should be classified as a hate crime but I'm sure that will not be the case.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jul 1, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Murder is murder. That guy drove by, guns blazing, with the intention of killing someone. There is nothing that warrants him any leniancy. Two innocent people are dead because of one's ego.
  • by Babe Location: ayden on Jul 1, 2009 at 09:43 AM I am mad as hell.what do this person mean he didn't have intent. He had a gun, got into his car and drove, he was intenting to do something don't you think. And Truth is correct. All people need to file complaint w/ law makers. The Laws really need to be changed. And yes, I believe in the death penalty. An eye for an eye don't you think. And yes if we put our foot down hard enough murders would problably decease if crim's knew what their punishment would be.
  • by April on Jul 1, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    I'm praying this isn't an involuntary manslaughter charge. He went to his car, drove up to where people were standing, and fired into the crowd killing TWO INNOCENT PEOPLE! This is an unnecessary tragedy! I hope he is charged with first degree murder. I am so sad for the friends and families of these victims.
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