Victim Critical After Boat Ramp Shooting

A victim is in critical condition at the hospital after a shooting at a boat ramp in Edgecombe County Saturday afternoon.

According to Edgecombe County deputies they responded to a call of shots fired at the boat ramp in Old Sparta around 2:20 p.m. Saturday.

The caller said there were shots being fired between two vehicles in the area of the ramp.

After arriving on scene deputies were contacted by the Heritage Hospital that there was a gunshot victim in the emergency room. That victim was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where the victim is in critical but stable condition at this time.

Deputies say a second victim was not injured.

18-year-old Ashton Keel of Macclesfield and 20-year-old Joshua Davis of Tarboro have been arrested.

Keel is charged with assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Davis is charged with 2 counts of being an accessory after the commission of a felony.

Keel and Davis each were placed under a $255,000 unsecured bond.

Their first court appearances will be held on November 2, 2011. The investigation is continuing at this time.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:02 AM
  • by KnOwYoUrFaCtS on Nov 7, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I want to know why the only guys in the news were the ones being robbed? Why the robbers were listed as victims? Why the ones defending themselves were portrayed as criminala? I am just a average citizen and have gotten all my facts from official public sites. Why is the news being posted so one sided? I know they posted facts they recieved from the Sheriff's department. But the story has changed. If you will type in "north carolina court calendar" in your search engine, choose defendent name and put Jenkins,Leroy all his pending cased will come up. Click on his name and then it will display his charges for all his cases. Also, go to North Carolina department of corrections public offender search and you will see that he is on probation in Edgecombe county. Again I am not stating any that is not public information on official websites.
  • by dang.... on Nov 2, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    I used to walk my dog around that park area....NO MORE!
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      by Samantha Rae on Nov 2, 2011 at 03:01 PM in reply to dang....
      Personally unless you know any of the parties involved I dont believe you have a right to post random thoughts that are going nowhere
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        by jaclyn leianne on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:22 PM in reply to Samantha Rae
        my boyfriend was in the right of what he did, even tho hes lockd up he doesnt deserve to be there! and sam ur rite cuz nobody knows ashton an josh like we do!
  • by dang.... on Nov 2, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    I used to walk my dog around that park area....NO MORE!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to dang....
      its not a park
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        by know your facts on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM in reply to
        You are right, Dang. It is not a park. It was and probably is still a very run down boat ramp. Due to its lack of up keep I am not sure if it is still used to launch boats.
  • by grady Location: kitty hawk on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Justice, That's funny.
  • by JusticeForAll on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    This story is obviously entirely fabricated, made-up, and fake. It is against NC State law to possess a loaded firearm on a boat launch. And since everyone knows that "gun control" laws actually work, and prevent criminals and thugs from doing bad things with guns, there is simply NO WAY this even happened as reported in this story. Please, WITN, when will you stop publishing these fake, made-believe stories?
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      by Boats on Nov 1, 2011 at 01:49 AM in reply to JusticeForAll
      Well said.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to JusticeForAll
      where did you hear that law about a gun at a boat ramp?
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      by know your facts on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM in reply to JusticeForAll
      You are right, JusticeForAll. "Gun Control" laws actually do work. That's why the "victim", who is a convicted FELON, currently on probation was in possession of a firearm in the first place. Everyone knows that it's against NC State law for a person convicted of a FELONY to possess a firearm.
  • by Know your facts Location: Tarboro on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    The so called "Victims" in this case were actually trying to rob Joshua and Ashton at gunpoint. The "Injured Victim" held a large handgun to one of the guys head. What would you do if your friend had a large handgun pointed in his face? What would you do if you had been shot at by the same large handgun? Ashton saved his friend's life and defended his own. Now he's in jail. IN JAIL for defending his own life and saving his friend. Is it a crime in America to defend yourself? Even if the guys had given them the vehicle and everything in it, there was no guarantee that they still would not have been shot right there where they stood. The "Victims" are now being charged with attempted armed robery and some form of AWDW. If Ashton had not feared for his life and his friend's life would he have even picked up his gun? NO! Both "Victims" would be safe and sound out there and free to stick a gun in your face. So figure out what your move would be. At least you'll have time to plan your actions. These boys did not. They acted on instinct, instinct to live. I feel the charges on Ashton and Joshua should be dropped for self defense. Yes, someone was critically injured and I pray for his full recovery and his family daily. But he never would have been injured if he had not tried to rob those guys at gunpoint.
  • by Samantha Rae on Oct 31, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    For those of you who do not know these people then it would b appreciated if you keep your negative comments to yourself. These are two people that are good friends of mine and a bad situation went to worse. If you have any further controversy I can be found on facebook search for cfbnnrl. Thank you have a wonderful week.
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      by hopee on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:30 PM in reply to Samantha Rae
      so well
  • by nope on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    Not a mistake. It was a robbery gone bad. The robber got shot. Thugs trying to rob a hunter, who happened to also sell weed. Haha.
  • by leo Location: gville on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    Is this a mistake. Unsecured bonds with charges involving firearms. Its attempted murder
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      by Samantha Rae on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM in reply to leo
      it is self defense when there is a gun in your face.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 at 08:26 PM in reply to Samantha Rae
        if it was self defense these two model citizens would not be in jail under nearly a quater million dollar bond.
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          by MOM on Nov 2, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to
          Anonymous, it was self defense. If the Edgecombe County Sheriff's department does their job it will come out.
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          by beebopper on Nov 4, 2011 at 02:23 AM in reply to
          that is a joke. edgecombe county sheriff department doing their job. they only mess with honest people trying to make an honest living.
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          by know your facts on Nov 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to
          FYI: LEROY JENKINS JR (one of the attempted robbers and driver) is now in the Edgecombe County Jail. He is under a quarter million secured bond. He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. AWDW with appempt to kill and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. Now who is the model citizen? Unlike some people, I do my homework before I post ignorant statements. He also has 2 other pending cases for seperate offenses. Reference: North Carolina Court Dates
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      by know your facts on Nov 2, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to leo
      It was not attempted murder. It was self defense. What would you do if someone held a gun to your face?
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