Greenville police say they are investigating their first murder of 2009.
It happened early Friday morning on Chestnut Avenue. Police says Jessie Ray Staton was shot.
One neighbor told WITN News that she heard 5 or 6 gunshots around 1:15 a.m.
Another neighbor says a woman came to his door asking for help. He saw the 34-year-old man lying on the ground, moaning and bleeding from his abdomen.
That man tells us it looked like Staton was shot while inside a car and fell out onto the street. Police say the victim later died at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.