The 20-year-old suspect charged with murder in an uptown Greenville shooting Wednesday had a few infractions with the law before being charged with murder.
Shiheem Andrews made his first court appearance in Greenville Thursday morning, one day after being charged with the murder of 23-year-old Jamar Clark.
Tina Scott says she saw Andrews frequently in the neighborhood off Howell Street. She says, "I didn't believe it was him, then I wondered if he did that, what did the boy do to him?"
Scott says, "He was a nice kid. He give my grandkids dollars. His nephews he would bring up here, ride bikes with my grandson. He was a good kid to me."
Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden says the surveillance video from uptown Greenville, shows otherwise. He says, "Really it's a 20-year-old young man, that based on the video, brutally murdered someone. "
Aden says Andrews was known to hang out with the Crips gang, while they say Clark was a member of the bloods-- a rival gang.
Myspace photos from Andrew's page show people flashing gang signs, and known emblems associated with them.
But how he got from that to murder is what Chief Aden hopes to find out, saying, "He did not have a significant criminal record."
Andrews arrest record shows he went from disorderly conduct charges last year, to charges of consuming alcohol under 21, to carrying a concealed gun, to now being charged with murder.
Chief Aden says it's not easy to tell by looking at someone that they're involved in gang.
If convicted Andrews could face life in prison.
He has another court date on July 3rd. A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The man police say shot and killed a suspected gang member faced a judge Thursday morning.
A Pitt County judge said 20-year-old Shiheem Andrews could face a life sentence if convicted for the murder of 23-year-old Jamar Clark.
Clark was shot at the Five Points Parking Lot in Greenville after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Andrews turned himself in to police Wednesday evening.
A bond hearing for Andrews is set for Friday.
Andrews is requesting a court appointed attorney. His next court date is scheduled for July 3rd.
Less than 24 hours after the crime, police say one person is in custody for the murder of a validated gang member in the Five Points Parking lot in Uptown Greenville.
Greenville Police have charged 20-year-old Shiheem Andrews with murder for his involvement in the crime. After reviewing surveillance video from the parking lot, several officers were able to identify Andrews as the suspect.
Officers with the department's Emergency Response Team made contact with the suspect and advised him of the warrant out for his arrest. Andrews turned himself in Wednesday evening and was taken into custody without incident.
23-year-old Jamar Clark was murdered in the Five Points Plaza Parking Lot around 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to police. Authorities told WITN that Clark was a validated Bloods gang member and that they believed it was a targeted attack.
Police say Andrews is not a validated gang member, but does have known gang affiliations. No word yet on a possible motive.
Police say the community's safety is a top priority. They've already implemented a gang suppression strategy throughout the city and say there will be increased police presence in the Uptown District.
The homicide is the city's second so far this 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."