NEW INFO: Search Warrant Sheds New Light On Greenville Shooting Spree

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Greenville, NC (WITN) - A search warrant for the apartment of the man charged in last Friday's shooting at two Greenville businesses gives a few more details on the case.

Lakim Faust was shot by police after they say he wounded three people in the Walmart parking lot and another outside the Kellum Law Firm around 11:40 a.m.

The warrant, which became public today, says Faust was armed with a pump style shotgun and randomly selected the victims who were all shot at close range.

Authorities searched the man's Hartford Street apartment late Friday night after a robot cleared the residence for any possible explosive devices.

Police seized a laptop computer and a Sony Playstation.

The warrant says the electronic data on both the laptop and Playstation will be analyzed by the FBI Computer Crimes Unit.

Documents say they will be looking for Internet browser history for a year prior to the shooting, along with ingoing and outgoing email messages, as well as any image and audio files on the computers. They also are seizing any data that provides calendar or appointment information on the laptop.

The 23-year-old Faust has a criminal record both here in Pitt County and in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pitt County court records show in 2006 Faust pleaded guilty to resisting an officer and second degree trespassing. Records indicate he served 74 days in jail.

In 2007 he was charged again with trespassing along with defrauding an innkeeper. The next year he was arrested for injury to real property and personal property. Records show all of those cases were dismissed.

Maryland court records show a Lakim Faust, with the same birth date and information as the accused gunman, faced multiple charges including attempted first degree murder when he was a teenager.

The records show a Lakim Faust, age 14, was charged in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland.

WITN confirmed the charges and information about the suspect with the District Court in Baltimore.

The Maryland charges included assault second degree, attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, dangerous weapon with intent to injure and trespassing. The case was remanded to juvenile court and is sealed. There is no way to determine what became of the charges.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Faust had applied for a gun permit, but in August Sheriff Neil Elks rejected it because of his prior record.

A Pitt Community College spokesman says Faust began working toward his GED in 2006. The college says later that year, the man was banned from the main campus for disrupting a classroom.

College police arrested him in September 2006 for violating that ban, as well as resist, obstruct and delay after giving police a false name.

P.C.C. says Faust was arrested a second time for trespassing on its main campus that next January.

The college says in 2010 he began taking a Weatherization Tech program at an off-campus site, and while Faust completed the required hours in 2011, P.C.C. says he failed to take additional testing to get his certification.

The man remains at Vidant Medical Center and a judge set bond at $6 million on the four first degree attempted murder charges.


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Greenville police say a suspect in Friday shooting spree has been officially charged. This as police released the names of four people shot Friday at two Greenville Boulevard businesses.

Timothy Edwards was shot in his GEICO Insurance vehicle while parked in front of the Kellum Law Firm. The 64-year-old man remains at Vidant Medical Center.

Police say three other people were wounded in the parking lot of the Walmart, which is located across the street. They have been identified at 70-year-old Carroll Oakes of Grifton, 69-year-old Vernon Leggett of Greenville, and 50-year-old Haywood Whichard, Jr. of Greenville.

Lakim Faust also remains at Vidant. A judge today went to the hospital where the 23-year-old man was served with four counts of attempted first degree murder. He is under a $6 million bond.

Pitt County court records show in 2006 Faust pleaded guilty to resisting an officer and second degree trespassing. Records indicate he served 74 days in jail.

In 2007 he was charged again with trespassing along with defrauding an innkeeper. The next year he was arrested for injury to real property and personal property. Records show all of those cases were dismissed.

Maryland court records show a Lakim Faust, with the same birth date and information as the accused gunman in Friday’s shooting spree in Greenville, faced multiple charges including attempted first degree murder when he was a teenager.

The records show a Lakim Faust, age 14, was charged in 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland.

WITN confirmed the charges and information about the suspect with the District Court in Baltimore.

The Maryland charges included assault second degree, attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, dangerous weapon with intent to injure and trespassing. The case was remanded to juvenile court and is sealed. There is no way to determine what became of the charges.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Lakim Faust had applied for a gun permit, but in August Sheriff Neil Elks rejected it because of his prior record.

A Pitt Community College spokesman says Faust began working toward his GED in 2006. The college says later that year, the man was banned from the main campus for disrupting a classroom.

College police arrested him in September 2006 for violating that ban, as well as resist, obstruct and delay after giving police a false name.

P.C.C. says Faust was arrested a second time for trespassing on its main campus that next January.

The college says in 2010 he began taking a Weatherization Tech program at an off-campus site, and while Faust completed the required hours in 2011, P.C.C. says he failed to take additional testing to get his certification.

ECU says the man worked at the Lucile Gorham Community Center for a year, beginning in 2010. He did maintenance and gardening and was paid by Youth@Work of Pitt County, a non-profit agency that helps youth obtain job skills.

“Whatever we needed, clean the bathrooms, help with camps, he would do this for us,” said center director Deborah Moody. “We had no issues with Lakim. He was polite; he helped us any way he could.”

At a Sunday morning news conference, Chief Hassan Aden said Faust had 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition at the scene where he was shot by police.

According to police, information they gathered shows Faust went from his apartment at 217 Hartford Street "with the intent to inflict mass casualties on innocent people."


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A man who police say wounded four people outside two Greenville businesses on Friday was denied a gun permit last year in Pitt County. We now have confirmed that the suspect is a former Pitt Community College student.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Lakim Faust had applied for the permit, but in August Sheriff Neil Elks rejected it because of his prior record.

Court records show the 23-year-old Faust had just a few minor scrapes with the law before Friday.

Faust has still not yet been officially served with four counts of attempted first degree murder, according to the clerk of court's office.

He remains at Vidant Medical Center after being shot by police. Officers say Faust first shot a GEICO insurance adjuster who was sitting in his vehicle that was parked outside the Kellum Law Firm.

Police say the man then walked across the street to the Walmart where he shot three other people. Moments later officers shot the man on Hooker Road.

Court records show in 2006 Faust pleaded guilty to resisting an officer and second degree trespassing. He served 74 days in jail.

In 2007 he was charged again with trespassing along with defrauding an innkeeper. The next year he was arrested for injury to real property and personal property. Records show all of those cases were dismissed.

A P.C.C. spokesman says Faust began working toward his GED in 2006. The college says later that year, the man was banned from the main campus for disrupting a classroom.

College police arrested him in September 2006 for violating that ban, as well as resist, obstruct and delay after giving police a false name.

P.C.C. says Faust was arrested a second time for trespassing on its main campus that next January.

The college says in 2010 he began taking a Weatherization Tech program at an off-campus site, and while Faust completed the required hours in 2011, P.C.C. says he failed to take additional testing to get his certification.

At a Sunday morning news conference, Chief Hassan Aden said Faust had 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition at the scene where he was shot by police.

According to police, information they gathered shows Faust went from his apartment at 217 Hartford Street "with the intent to inflict mass casualties on innocent people."


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A 23-year-old Greenville man is the gunman who opened fire along Greenville Boulevard Friday, according to Police Chief Hassan Aden.

Chief Aden gave an update Sunday morning. He reported the suspect is 23-year-old Lakim Anthony Faust. He said Faust did not have a significant criminal record but did have some property crimes in his past.

Faust will be charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder and other charges.

In searching an apartment following the shootings, police said they found shotgun shell boxes, computers and various documents that are helping them piece together the shooter's plans.

The chief said the shooter was not wearing body armor. He said the shooting does appear to be random.

The Chief said Faust had 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition at the scene where he was shot by police.

The suspect is still at Vidant Medical Center, in police custody as he recovers. He underwent surgery following the shooting. Police say he will be served with arrest warrants at the first available opportunity.

The entire press conference from Sunday is attached to this story for your viewing.

According to police, information they gathered shows Faust went from his apartment at 217 Hartford Street "with the intent to inflict mass casualties on innocent people."

Police got a warrant to search Faust's apartment late Friday evening. The department reports evidence was recovered which has now been sent to the FBI for testing.

Police say at the request of the victims and their families, the names of the victims will not be released by the Greenville Police Department.

Four victims were hit in Friday's shooting spree. One person was shot in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm, and three others were shot in the parking lot of Walmart. All are expected to recover. Police say the shooter opened fire on police, and police then shot him on Hooker Road.

A search of online court records shows no pending cases or charges for Faust before Friday's shooting. He is also not listed in the North Carolina Department of Corrections offender database.


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Police Chief Hassan Aden said Saturday that investigators executed a search warrant on an apartment in relation to Friday morning’s shootings.

Chief Aden says they are not ready to release the connection of the apartment to the shooting, nor the location at this time.

Chief Aden says that it is likely they will release the suspect's name as well as the names of those injured in Sunday morning's press conference.


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Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden confirms with WITN that a press conference will be held Sunday morning to update the investigation into the shooting of four people on Friday.

Chief Aden says the press conference is planned for 11:00 a.m. and says that it is likely they will release the name of the suspect and all four victims involved.

The shootings happened Friday morning in the parking lots of Kellum Law Firm and Walmart off Greenville Boulevard.

No new information is expected to be released Saturday.

A day later, residents and employees that work in the areas surrounding the shootings are still in disbelief.

"It's crazy to think this happened here, you would never expect it to happen here. I mean, It's scary to think he could have easily walked up and walked in our store and we wouldn't have ever known the difference," said Roxann Daniel who works in the Walmart Shopping Center.

Deborah Harrell says she saw the suspect walk right by her salon, "He was walking right past the shop, like an ordinary thing, like he had done nothing wrong, like what he had done was ok. Like he was out of it. He wasn't trying to run after what he had done, he wasn't trying to hide."

Officials say the gunman was eventually shot by officers and taken into custody.


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The investigation continues into the shooting Friday in Greenville that left five wounded, including the gunman.

Four people were shot in a late morning shooting spree on a busy Greenville street and moments later police shot the gunman.

We talked with Police Chief Hassan Aden Saturday morning. He said it is not expected the shooter's name will be released today, but that there may be an update tomorrow.

Chief Aden told us Friday the gunman was shot multiple times after engaging in gunfire with them in the Walmart parking lot. That gunman was taken to the hospital and had surgery, but there is no word on his condition.

The four victims were also taken to the hospital, and the police chief said Friday they are all expected to survive.

Aden says the shootings began at 11:41 a.m.Friday when the first victim was shot in a vehicle parked in front of the Kellum Law Firm on Greenville Boulevard.

He says the gunman then crossed five lanes of the busy street and wounded three people in the parking lot of Walmart.

Officers arrived within a minute and knew they had an active shooting situation. The chief says they engaged the gunman in the parking lot and he fired at officers.

Aden says the man went behind Toys-R-Us and onto Hooker Road when he encountered other officers.

The chief says the man leveled his shotgun at officers and they opened fire.

Erin Pierce says she was in the Applebees parking lot and saw the gunman head toward the toy store. She called the store, warning them that he was headed in their direction. The Toys-R-Us locked their doors as she saw the man pulling on the doors.

One of the Walmart victims was Carroll Oakes. His family tells us he dropped his wife off and went to throw away some trash. They say the man saw blood on his hands and at first didn't realize he had been shot. The man was hit in the hand, stomach and arms, according to his family.

Another Walmart victim's sister says her brother was grazed in the leg by a bullet.

All detectives are now trying to figure out a motive and identify the gunman. Aden says he had a significant amount of ammunition on him.

Police say they have already obtained surveillance video that may have recorded the shootings.


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Four people were shot late this morning after police say a gunman opened fire on a busy Greenville street.

Police Chief Hassan Aden says one person was wounded at the Kellum Law Firm on Greenville Boulevard, while three others shot at the Walmart which is across the street.

Aden says after the law firm shooting, the gunman ran across Greenville Boulevard where shots were fired inside the Walmart.

He says the gunman fired at officers in the store parking lot, while other officers encountered him on Hooker Road, where he was shot.

A spokesman for the law firm tells WITN that the gunman did not come into the office, but shot the person in the parking lot. Michael Sumner says the victim was coming to the law firm to see someone at their office. Sumner says he doesn't know if the gunman is any way connect to Kellum.

Chief Aden says he doesn't know the extent of injuries on the gunman, nor his name. No officers were hit.

"The event's over. We're investigating. The shooter is in custody," Chief Aden said.

The call came in around 11:40 a.m. this morning.

Police say they will update us again at 3:00 p.m.


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