Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Near School Campus

A man wanted for a shooting last weekend in a Kinston park is now back in Kinston and behind bars.

Kinston police say authorities in Charlotte arrested Lawrence Cox, Jr. around 5:30 p.m. Monday. An anonymous tip led to his arrest.

Cox is accused in the March 8th shooting at Southeast Park, right next to Southeast Elementary School. Donnie Smith of Greenville was shot in the head and at last check was in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Police haven't released a motive for the shooting, but did say there was some type of argument between the two men just prior to the shooting.

Cox was returned to Lenoir County Tuesday and is in jail on a $1,000,000 bond.


Previous Story

A suspect has been named in Sunday evening's shooting in a Kinston city park.

Police say Lawrence Cox, Jr. is considered armed and dangerous. He's wanted on a warrant for attempted first degree murder.

Sunday Donnie Smith of Greenville was shot in the head during a gathering in the park next to Southeast Elementary School. Police say Smith remains in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Major Greg Thompson tells WITN News that some type of confrontation between the two men preceded the shooting.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Cox is urged to call Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.


Original Story

A shooting next door to an elementary school has left a Greenville man critically injured.

It happened last night around 7:00 p.m. at Southeast park, that's right next to Southeast Elementary School on South McDaniel Street in Kinston.

Police say they found Donnie Smith shot in the head when they responded to a shots fired call.

Witnesses told police the gunman was wearing a red hat and black shirt but no further description was released.

The 21-year-old Smith was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where police say he's in critical condition.


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  • by Anonymous_Richard Green Resident Location: Kinston on Mar 22, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    The incident WAS NOT GANG RELATED!! People in Kinston DO NOT give info to the police due to their own crookedness!!!!!!!!!! I WAS @ THE PARK & IT TOOK THESE SORRY KINSTON POLICE FOREVER TO HELP DLS! THE EMS WORKERS WHERE WALKING AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED! IF IT WAS A WHITE MAN IN A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD THEY WOULDA RAN AND BROKE A SWEAT! 4 u people trying to down talk the projects everyone isnt fortunate to live in A "BEVERLY HILLS LOCATION". besides its not the projects its PEOPLE AND THEIR EGOS!! do your research before you make a comment! I will continue to keep Donnie and his family in my prayers! And for you ignorant people i pray for yall to for yall kno not wat yall say! GOD BLESS!
  • by Anonymous Location: Kinston, NC on Mar 22, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    Lawrence you still gets NO LOVE FOR WAT YOU'VE DONE! You've jeopordized someones life by thinking your hard! MEN ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN need to grow up and come together because in the end the white folks are laughing and calling US(african americans) ignorant! Were killing one another its time for a change! May God be with DLS and his family and Bryan i agree with you 100%! DLS cant wait 2 c you walking again on your own! I LOVE YOU!!
  • by Anonymous TSJ Location: kinston on Mar 21, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    anyways despite what all these people are talking about and what they think, the LORD is the only one that can judge and take matters in his own hands. so it's what the LORD has planned for both of these gentlemen. so what the public has to say, yeah it's your own interpertation but it's all in the LORD's hand. may GOD be with both of the families and everything will work out for the best of both ends
  • by Matthew Location: Williamston on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    There is so much crime every were in this world. Its sad its coming so close to home!
  • by Anonymous Location: Atlanta, GA on Mar 17, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    I'm glad that they have caught Lawrence. I hope that he sits everyday and thinks about what he has done to my brother. My brother is losing his life because some punk decided he wasn't man enough to handle confrontation. To all the people who have offered encouraging words, thank you. For those of you who felt the need to say something stupid, just pray that it doesn't happen to your family member. We may have to bury my brother due to someone's cowardness. May God bless his soul for what he has done!
  • by Anonymous Location: new bern on Mar 17, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    I drive through the projects to get to the bank in the downtown area. Most of the time it is okay. But every once in a while it is not okay. You are walking downtown shopping or even at the bank at 1:00 in afternoon and hear gun shots. IT IS NOT OKAY. You are getting out of your car to go into TRYON PALACE 3:00 in afternoon and hear gun shots. IT IS NOT OKAY. When one gang goes to Kinston and shoots and then kinston comes to New Bern and shoots. IT IS NOT OKAY! People need to put a stop to it and accept differences in EVERYONE.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    To Sam: I can agree with that.
  • by Anonymous Location: kinston on Mar 15, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    MY GOD BE WITH THE SMITH FAMILY! I'VE BEEN KNOWIN DONNIE FOR YEARS AND WE WERE TOGETHER THE NIGHT BEFORE HAVING A GOOD TIME. WHO WOULD EVER THOUGHT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPEN? IT'S GETTIN REAL IN K-TOWN. ONE NICE SUNDAY BRINGS A BAD DAY!
  • by anonymous Location: kinston on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    I happen to know both of the guys that were involoved and i hated to see donnie shot but there was nothing he could really do. he dont gang bang he rarely gets into a fight but it was a stupid action based on lawrences behalf because he did out of his reputation of being a punk and shooting don just shows how much of a punk he really is. he will get caught because donnie had way more friends than enemys.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 12, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    To Blake S., you do have a point. I have taken into consideration the size of the towns, just have not posted them like I probably should have. I will name two towns about the same size, Ahoskie and Edenton, which are a lot more hooded out than Williamston for the amount of people that they have. Ahoskie is not much different than Rocky Mount, except for the size. Edenton is not much different than New Bern, except for the size. Williamston would be compared to a city such as either Roanoke Rapids or Smithfield. Based on the amount of news that I hear(which I watch the news every day), there is much less percentage of it that involves shootings, gangs, drugs, rapes, all that type of bad stuff than Rocky Mount, Kinston, New Bern, Greenville and all. Williamston is one of the safest places to live around, but even safer when you get out in the country. The only safer areas than here are around the beaches. I also hope the fool gets what he deserves as well.
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