Person Of Interest In Greenville Shooting

Greenville Police Chief William Anderson says they have a person of interest in the weekend shooting in downtown Greenville that injured three people.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning behind Club Phoenix after closing time. Anderson says they're trying to determine where an altercation between a group of people began that ended with gunshots in a parking lot of 4th Street and Reade Circle. Anderson says there were hundreds of people in the parking lot where the shooting took place.

As part of the police department deployment plan --several officers were on scene and responded to the location of shots. Chief Anderson says after what happened Sunday, they will see if changes to their plan need to be made. "Not only because of this incident but we are constantly reviewing our plan to see if there is any motifcations that needs to be made or things we think that need to be done. My command staff met this morning and talked aboiut it and we are going to make some minor adjustmments but pretty much the plan will stat intact."

Police say the current plan is to funnel people out of downtown as quickly and safely as possible.

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Authorities say three people were shot in Greenville on Sunday morning.

Lawmen say at 3 a.m. Sunday Greenville Police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot located at East 4th Street and Reade Circle, that's behind Club Phoenix.

At that location, lawmen found Jeffrey Staton of Greenville and Terrance Grimes of Ayden with gunshot wounds. Kiesha Wilkins of Colerain contacted police at the scene a short time later advising that she also had been shot at that location.

Staton and Grimes were transported to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital where their conditions are unknown. Wilkins injuries were very minor and did not require transport to the hospital.

WITN spoke with some people who were downtown at the time. One person said, "I heard gunshots and immediately heard screams." Another person said, "The second the gunshots were fired you saw people sprinting from downtown, crying, like they didn't know what to do with themselves."

Police say they are investigating whether there was an altercation at Club Phoenix that led out into the parking lot.

The Lawyer for the club released this statement:

There have been numerous news stories reported after the downtown shooting this morning relating that shooting to an alleged “altercation” that occurred at Club Phoenix. Management for Club Phoenix, together with their security company have spent the day reviewing videotape taken from with in Club Phoenix. The tape reviewed was 4 hours and 15 minutes in length and covered the period of 10pm Saturday night through 2:15 am Sunday morning.

Club Phoenix has a security system that utilizes 12 separate cameras, and is monitored on a 24 hour basis. During the relevant period of time Saturday night and Sunday morning, there were no altercations that occurred inside Club Phoenix. This has also been verified through interviews conducted with all staff working during those same times.

Cameras monitoring the outside of the club toward the alley and the building next to the lot where the shooting occurred indicated no problems beginning at 1:45am when the club began its normal closing procedures. Greenville Police Officers were present in the alley beginning at 1:45 am at a barricade that directs patrons onto Cotanche Street, and away from the lot where the shooting occurred.

Club Phoenix has taken the initiative to cooperate with Greenville police over the past several years, and has participated in club security training put on by the police. Additionally, Club Phoenix employs off duty Greenville Police Officers to insure that patrons to the club and the public are safe, and that a safe environment is promoted both in and around the club.

As always, the management of Club Phoenix will assist the Greenville Police in providing any information that police officials feel is helpful, including access to its security tapes so that they can independently verify our findings. It is unfortunate that Club Phoenix was singled out by the police and media as the location where the altercation began when there is no basis to support those statements.

The Management and employees of Club Phoenix hope those that were injured will recover fully and quickly, and that those responsible for the shooting are apprehended and prosecuted.


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