NEW INFO: High School Freshman Charged With Attempted Murder In Ayden Shooting

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A high school freshman remains in jail after being charged with attempted murder this weekend.

Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley says 16-year-old Joshua Joseph has been charged with attempted 1st degree murder and discharging a weapon within city limits.

Chief Stanley says that the victim was shot Saturday afternoon in the right elbow and grazed on the left shoulder. Stanley says the victim is believed to be in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center.

Pitt County Schools confirms that Joseph is a freshman at Ayden-Grifton High School.

He is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2 million dollar bond.

Chief Stanley says they are continuing to investigate whether or not there was a 2nd shooter in the case.


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Ayden Police along with multiple law enforcement agencies are working to track down the people responsible for shooting a man.

Police Chief Barry Stanley says officers received a call of a man shot just after 2:00 on West Barwick Street. Officials say that the victim was found with at least one gunshot wound on Garris Street.

The man was taken to Vidant Medical Center by Ayden EMS. His status is unknown at this time.

Chief Stanley says that they have one person in custody on unrelated charges, but believe they may be a person of interest in the case.

Officials believe there were 2 shooters.

Stanley says they are being assisted by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Winterville PD, and the Highway Patrol.


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