FIRST ON WITN: Shooting Suspect Arrested

Greenville police arrested Reggie Tyson Tuesday for a shooting that took place Sunday and injured a four-year-old.

Police say Tyson shot through the front door in Montressa Wilkins's apartment on Frontgate Drive in Greenville. The shooting injured her four-year-old son, Terron.

Tyson will make his first court appearance Wednesday morning. He is being held on $175,000 bond.


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The mother of a four year old who was injured in a Sunday shooting says her son is fine and back in school today.

Montressa Wilkins tells WITN News that her son Terron was not actually hit by gunfire, but was struck by debris caused by the shooting.

Greenville police have warrants out for Reggie Tyson, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Wilkins says Tyson is the father of her other two children. She says they got into an argument outside of her apartment at Woodland Apartments, and as she was walking back inside she heard the noise that turned out to be a gunshot.

Police say Tyson fired through the front door of the apartment and the four year old was standing just inside that door.

The mother says she is shocked by what happened, saying she didn't think Tyson was capable of something like this. Wilkins says they've had arguments in the past, but not one that ended in gunfire.


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Greenville police have secured warrants against a man they say is responsible for a shooting that injured a four year old.

Police are looking for 21-year-old Reggie Tyson. Tyson's described as 6'4" and 150 lbs. Police say he lives at Woodland Apartments, which is the complex where Sunday's shooting took place.

Police have warrants to charge Tyson with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-EYES(3937) or Pitt/Greenville Crimestoppers at 252-758-7777 or by texting “PITTGV” and their information to 274637.

Police are investigating whether the four-year-old boy who was struck was hit by the bullet or by debris from the door getting shot. The shooting happened after an argument between Tyson and Montressa Wilkins, according to police.



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According to Greenville Police a 4 year old was injured in a shooting Sunday at an apartment on Frontgate Drive.

Police say they responded to the shooting around 5:30 p.m. According to the person living there, Montressa Wilkins, she had gotten into a verbal altercation with a male acquaintance and then went inside her apartment. Wilkins then says the acquaintance returned to the scene with a handgun and fired through the front door of the apartment.

Police say a 4-year-old male standing just inside the door suffered a minor laceration to the left side of his face. It is not known if the child was struck by debris from the door or by the round fired from the gun.

Police say they have identified a suspect and are seeking warrants.
They say the investigation is ongoing.


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  • by Joe Location: Eastern, NC on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    They just need to send him straight to the death penalty and not let the law biding citizens support him while he is in prison !
  • by sue Location: simpson on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    Does anyone know where was the rat hiding?
  • by J.D. Location: Eastern N.C. on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Problems like this could be avoided if we the public of the USA would just let nature take it's course. Instead of feeding and housing all the people that won't take care of themselves let them die. Only the strong survive. If people had to take care of themselves and feed their own they might not have so many kids for taxpayers to feed.
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      by Citizen on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:39 AM in reply to J.D.
      I think this only works if everyone else is armed, because these low life thugs will try to rape and steal everything from you when they run out of their own possessions. Then, a lot of citizens end up having to kill a lot of thugs that are desperate. It would be anarchy. Obviously though, the police and justice system can't keep up. The good police are failed by the bad justice system, and the good justice system is failed by bad police. Then you have those that 'won't snitch', and apparently enjoy living in their low life of squalor.
  • by Yep Location: Washington on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    To Anon. in Gvn. at 9:10 am....Good one!!! You are so right!!! Sad to say, but it is probably true!!!
  • by SMH Location: A PLACE on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    what is wrong with people these days!! cant we all just do dha right thing and bhe happy??? wat is wrongg withh yall!!
  • by Mom Location: greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Who has their child's picture taken with a hood on his head?
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      by KR3 on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to Mom
      He looks like Chris Brown.
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      by lb on Mar 23, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to Mom
      Don't u think the shooting was more important than talking about the hood on his head.duh!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    This story makes no mention of how they arrested him. Did he give himself up at the police station? Based on GPD's prior record of letting the thugs get away on foot, this would seem like the only plausible outcome.
  • by Fry Daddy on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    Load up the hopper. Drain on society
  • by To Black Business Owner from JPH Location: Plymouth on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    I commend you, Sir. Your statements should be carried to every church, school, neighborhood and street corner and proclaimed loudly. This should make the WITN news ahead of all the other negatives that are being aired. You are a testimony and I hope and pray you are sharing YOUR message with all who will listen. God Bless You!
  • by Dave Location: Morehead on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    Just another reason you should have to get a permit to have a child. Poor kid.
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