The family of the man police say was murdered in Greenville early Wednesday was a cousin to a woman murdered in the city last year.
Greenville police say 23-year-old Jamar Clark was murdered in the Five Points Plaza Parking Lot around 2 a.m.
Ann Smith confirms that her son was a first cousin of Ciera Clark. She was murdered in Greenville last August as she was driving her car down 14th Street. Smith says the two grew up as brother and sister.
"When he said, Jamar got shot, I just jumped up and took off out of the house..that's my baby," said Smith.
Police took six people in for questioning after the deadly shooting Wednesday. Those six people have since been released.
Police say the victim was a validated Bloods gang member, and they believe this is a targeted attack.
Clark was no stranger to Greenville police. In May 2012, the man was wounded in a shootout outside Riverbluff apartments, and two years before police said he was shot at near Sadie Saulter Elementary School.
Clark had been arrested multiple times for various crimes, but we could only find a conviction for resisting arrest in 2010. The victim had several pending charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
But family members dispute claims that Clark was a gang member. They agree he had past run-ins with police, but say after his cousin's murder last year he started to turn his life around.
"I have talked to him, I have plead with him and I have told him, and he listened and he started to make a transition," said stepfather Anthony Smith.
Clark leaves behind two young daughters, ages one and two.
The homicide is the city's second so far this year.
Police say 23-year-old Jamar Clark, a member of the Bloods gang, was shot in the 5 Points Plaza Parking lot in Greenville around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Detectives are calling his murder a "targeted attack."
Police say as they arrived on the scene, they stopped a vehicle leaving the parking lot.
Six people were inside the vehicle, which police say they have been interviewing since the deadly shooting. No one has been charged, according to police.
Cars still parked in the sectioned off crime scene area will be accessible once the tape is down, which will happen sometime this morning, according to Kristen Hunter from Greenville police. Evans St. is now open to traffic.
"This incident highlights that while we have made tremendous improvement as a community in the fight against gangs and violence, there is still work to be done to fully eradicate this element from our streets," said Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden in a statement early Wednesday. "We must work together in sending the message of community intolerance to violence by taking swift and certain action on the perpetrators as well as focusing on preventing young people from joining gangs in the first place."
Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers will offer a reward for information that leads to an arrest(s). Anyone who can provide further details on this incident is asked to call (252) 758-7777 or the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315.
Greenville Police said the shooting of a 23-year-old man in a public parking lot in the uptown area is likely linked to gang violence.
Police Spokeswoman Kristen Hunter confirmed the man shot at the Five Points Parking Lot along Evans Street Wednesday morning is a validated gang member. His name is not being released at this time.
Officers had nearly half the parking lot taped off shortly after the shooting, just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said the one victim was taken to Vidant Medical Center with a gunshot wound. His condition has not been released.
Within hours of the shooting, police said they had six people at the department being questioned. No arrests have been reported in this case.
Officers said there is no threat to the public.
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Greenville Police are on the scene of a shooting on Evans Street at the Five Points Public Parking Lot.
Sgt. Mike Broadwell of the Greenville Police Department told WITN's Carly Swain they received a call shortly after 2 Wednesday morning of a male shot within the Five Points Public Parking Lot.
That man was transported to Vidant Medical Center but there was no word on his condition.
No one is in custody at this time. However, because this is preliminary, several witnesses are being questioned.
Evans Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets is closed and expected to be closed for a while.
Deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and ECU Police are also on the scene.
No other injuries were reported.
At 3:13 a.m., ECU Alert sent text messages to subscribers saying in part, "There is no immediate threat to the ECU Community at this time."