UPDATE: Police Say Shooting Victim Is Not Cooperating

Greenville Police say the man shot at Buffalo Wild Wings in Greenville Tuesday is not cooperating with the investigation.

Cpl. Kip Gaskins says Joe Van Holden did not show up for a scheduled interview at the police department. Gaskins says detectives also went to Van Holden's house where he twice refused to speak with them.

Van Holden was treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg and released. The shooter and another man who may have been working with the gunman fled the scene as customers at Buffalo Wild Wings ran for cover.


Previous story:
Greenville Police say a victim in Tuesday night's shooting at a popular sports bar has been treated and released from the hospital.

The shooting happened at Buffalo Wild Wings on Arlington Boulevard.

Police say Joe Van Holden of Greenville was shot once in the leg. A hand gun was used, but police say they're not sure exactly what type of gun.

Authorities are searching for two people connected to the shooting. They planned to meet with the victim Wednesday afternoon to gain more information about the shooting.

Police Wednesday released surveillance video of the actual shooting in hopes that someone will come forward with the names of the two men involved. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000. (Click the video link at the top of the story to view)

The video shows two men getting into a fight with Van Holden. The man dressed in all black first punches Van Holden, the fight moves down the bar and another man, in a white t-shirt, joins in and punches the victim as well. Then you see in the video the first man pulling out a handgun. The actual shooting then happens off camera.

The owner of the franchise issued a statement Wednesday morning. Eric Valera said in the written statement, "We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials regarding this matter. Our thoughts are with those who are affected by this terrible incident, but to comment further at this time would be inappropriate due to the fact that there is an active investigation."


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  • by Anonymous Location: gvegas on May 1, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    nowhere in g-vegas is really dangerous most of those who think it is dangerous are just scary people. gvegas probably gets 10 murders a year which is nothin. go somewhere like baltimore who gets 300 murders a year then say dangerous.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 21, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    Maybe he thinks he's a cat... and he has 8 more lives or 3 more legs! ...Good luck with the next time you get shot buddy!
  • by Felicia Location: Pinetops on Apr 21, 2009 at 09:22 PM
    talking about how bad a city is will not help the matter. If people take as much time bashing their environment as trying to clean up it. the city of Greeville would be a better place to live. How many of you opinionators have taken the time to volunteer by being a mentor to young boys or young girls. How many of you have the perfect family at home where everything is a bed of roses. If you will reseach America most wanted, what do you see??? When there is a mass murder crime, who do it. Who fiance the majority of drug trade? You already know the answer. So instead of basting, make a difference. Man Up!
  • by Dave Location: Too drunk to know on Apr 21, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Sam if you live in Williamston what makes you think you know what it's like in Greenville? ALSO Sam, remember what I told you about the 1000 character limit!!!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 21, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    To THE SO CALLED MAN, Greenville is NOT a slum. Only 40 % of Greenville is a slum. If you think its all a slum, how about go to Lynndale, Tucker Estates, Brook Valley, over by Portertown Road and then come back and tell me if you think its a slum. To WITN Moderator, I never received what may have been your last message you sent me after I responded about crossing the line, but I would say that Daves, R-Truths, and whoever elses trashtalking comments about ECU is crossing the line. If it was not then it should be. Why is that, its because that can in the long run damage a schools reputation and I would hate to see the University and all of NC go downhill just because of these biased judgemental comments, (mostly Dave's). I know I have made such comments that I should have never made and apologize for that, but Dave has done several things that have offended us NC's in general and I beleive such comments should not be allowed. I felt like I needed to pass that by.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: witn.com on Apr 21, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    To J: Your comment was rejected because of flaming. Please check the rules on posting. While disagreeing with other posters is okay, calling them names, etc. is not. Thank you for playing by the rules.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 21, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    WITN, please stop judging peoples comments differently. My last comment was appropriate in the fact that SOME PEOPLE, like G VEGAS should NOT be saying things about DSM or Dyneema when they have obviously NO IDEA what goes on out there. They dont make the vests genious. Don't be mad at me because I am right. Jeez
  • by THE MAN Location: The Mansion on Apr 20, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    BIG MIKE you aren't as big as you claim to be. Face it, GPD cannot handle the HIGH CRIME RATE in this gun and gang filled slum known as Greenville.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Spill the beans, Holden.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    I hate the fact that there was a shooting in a restaurant/bar that I used to go and still will go some to just about all the time for food and alcohol. I hate it for the guy, but he needs to cooperate or he will be in trouble with the law as well as his health. Anon, if you think that Eastern North Carolina has turned third world, then how about visit Africa, Middle East, South America, and come back and tell me then what is third world. Eastern North Carolina is one of the best regions to raise a family, especially around the beach. BIG MIKE, I expect I will see you in BW3's soon. Dave, how about you listen to BIG MIKE, since you don't like Greenville and feel its unsafe and you want to call it Gunville. BTW, Fayetteville and Jacksonville FL would be more like a Gunville than Greenville.
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