FIRST ON WITN: Shooting Turns Deadly In Greenville

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.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 5, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    I hope that the people that are writing these things are aware he was someone's son and I hope you don't have children for anything to happen to and someone comments like the way some of you are commenting now.
  • by BF Location: West Greenville on Jan 31, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    For all those hating west Greenville, it is only a matter of time before the other areas are ambushed...Stop the west Greenville bull and consider helping the GPD make Greenville a little safer...
  • by Truth Hurts on Jan 31, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Sad to say but this is the first of MANY murders in 2009 for Greenville.
  • by OK Location: NC on Jan 31, 2009 at 12:26 AM
    To friends and family of Mr. Staton: I am sorry for your loss. I don't recall ever meeting Mr. Staton but I am sure he was a good man at heart. I've only heard good things about him. Again I am sorry for your loss and I hope everyone gives the police a chance to do their job. God Bless
  • by unknown on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM
    REST IN PEACE MR. JESSIE STATON IT WAS NOT GANG RELATED HE WAS JUST AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME AND SOMEBODT TRIED TO ROB HIM I SEN MUCH LOVE TO THE STATON FAMILY MAY GOD BE WITH YOU
  • by R-Truth on Jan 30, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    Good idea Anonymouse except for the food part.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    the best way to solve west greenville. put a big fence around it. pump in all the guns, food, drugs that they request; in a year they will have all killed each other. problem solved....and before someone says that this is a racist comment; i am a black male. just stating the facts.
  • by Dave on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    If it were up to me west Greenville would be bulldozed.
  • by A on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    I definitly agree with what the first poster said. People need to take a stand and protect their neighborhood and their children. I understand there are these "street codes" but if everyone took a stand it would come to an end. If you see drugs being sold, call the police. If you see or hear anything suspicious, call the police...you can call anonoynmously.
  • by Ordnanceman Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    How much you want to bet it was gang related!
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