NEW INFO: Shooting Victim Now Charged With Duplin Co. Murder

A man who was first listed by lawmen as a victim in a double shooting this weekend has now been charged with murder.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says Deconnis Simmons was being transported from Pitt County Memorial Hospital to the Duplin County jail to face charges. He has been charged with an open count of murder.

Killed in the early Sunday morning shooting was 18-year-old Jamie Oliver. Simmons initially was listed by lawmen as a victim who has been transported to PCMH with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooting happened at a closed nightclub on Farrior School Road, that's outside of Kenansville. That business was shut down months ago, but neighbors say it is open almost every weekend and they frequently hear gunshots.

Sheriff Wallace says they've been working on getting a nuisance and abatement order well before Sunday's homicide to try to keep the club from ever opening again.

No motive has been released for Sunday's homicide.

The 22-year-old Simmons already has several pending charges in Duplin County. Those are felony flee to elude arrest, DWI, resisting an officer, carrying a concealed gun, speeding and reckless driving to endanger.


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An early Sunday morning shooting left a teenager dead and another one injured. Duplin county authorities say the club where the shooting took place isn't supposed to be in operation, but as neighbors told WITN, that club is open almost every weekend, with frequent sounds of gunshots, empty beer cans and bottles litter the ditch across the street from the club, and that from the road it looks like it could be vacant.

"I have never been out there, but every weekend there's a lot of fights and shooting going on out there every weekend," said a neighbor.

A near by neighbor, who didn't want to be identified says it's scary to live so close to violence.

"It's very scary it wakes me up. I jump up and say: 'What in the world is going on?' "

The club is known in the neighborhood as "Duces," but Duplin county Sheriff Blake Wallace says the club isn't supposed to be open, and when they shut it down at the end of last year it was called Farrior's.

That hasn't stopped the club from operating, and early Sunday morning, the club was open and shots were fired according to Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace.

"Our deputies responded and found pretty much chaos at the scene," said Sheriff Wallace.

Two people were shot Sunday morning. 18-year-old Jamie Oliver died at the hospital and 23-year-old Deconnis Simmons was transported to Pitt County memorial hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff. Neighbors say they feared this scenario would happen.

"I hope it closes and never open. No more of this killing out here on the weekend. I saw it coming and I was hoping they would close it before that happened, but somebody's child got killed out there, and that hurt me so bad," said a neighbor.

Sheriff Wallace says they've been working on getting a nuisance and abatement order well before Sunday's homicide to try to keep the club from ever opening again.

Sheriff Wallace says deputies are still investigating the shooting but they believe it was an isolated incident.

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A shooting that killed one man and wounded another happened at a former club that had been shut down by lawmen at the end of last year.

Gunfire rang out early Sunday morning on Farrior School Road, that's outside of Kenansville.

Killed was 18-year-old Jamie Oliver of Teachey. Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says Oliver had already been transported to the hospital when deputies arrived on the scene at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sheriff Wallace says further investigation revealed another man had also been shot. Deconnis Simmons, 23 of Wallace was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. His injuries are described as not life-threatening. Sheriff Wallace says while Simmons has a Wallace address, he also is believed to spend a lot of time in New York.

Wallace said the scene was "chaos" when the deputies arrived to 221 Farrior School Rd. That is where Wallace says 54-year-old Leslie Farrior lives. Behind his house is a building that Wallace says he uses for private parties. Farrior has faced charges in the past for serving alcohol without a permit, along with drug charges. Wallace says Farrior's criminal record dates back to 1996.

Wallace said his office had already started pursuing a nuisance abatement order against Farrior when the shootings happened Sunday morning.

Neighbors call the location "Duces", but Wallace says when it was in operation the name of the business was "Farrior's". The sheriff says right now they do not know who was operating the establishment this weekend.

So far, no one has been charged in the shootings, though a suspect has been developed, Wallace said.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Some people make up any old excuse in order to find someone else to blame. Trouble is easy to get into and very hard to get out of. Let's take all of the blame back to where it starts------the home!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    the operators of the club are on facebook "Duces N Keansville"
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    To live by the sword is to die by the sword.. If it was so bad to the Duplin County Sheriffs Dept why were they riding through and not going in to close the doors.. I do feel that DC Sheriffs Dept is to be held partially responsible and for the victims of this incident.. You have lawsuits.. Right now Duplin County is trying to back track and make it look like they had a plan in action but it is too late now.. Another life gone and one victim injured.. There are many to be held responsible.. But don't just complain make a change.. Duplin County does what they want to when it comes to the law.. The county is one of the most crooked counties in NC, one who does not abide by the law but makes the law as they see fit by throwing around there authority.. They neglect peoples rights, Don't mention the 10 amendments they do not care..It is time for the ppl of Duplin County to get some knowledge and learn their rights. Still one life gone, one man injured. (Victims)
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    There are many that are responsible but none to blame. The bible states that it is appointed unto man once to die.. Even though the one who died was one who shot at his own mother, caused many problems within the soceity and was a known to carry many guns and do not hesitate to use them.. Still there are many victims.. One man dead, one man injured, families torn apart.. Threats being made on families.. When will it end.. God is love.. Stop the violence
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      by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 at 01:04 PM in reply to Anonymous
      If some ppl dont kno about da victims life how can u get on da internet and try to speak on something. His past dont have nothing to do with him getting killed. I know the family real good so how bout before u get up here. GET THE FACTS FIRST. Its a shame how ppl just go around and think they know everything. All the young man wanted to do was celebrate his 18th birthday. How hard was that to ask for? Whether his past was GOOD or BAD he still going to get JUSTICE. My heart and sympathy goes out to the OLIVER FAMILY...RIP JAMIE OLIVER
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:52 PM
    For those who are saying the Sheriff's Dept. should have done more to close the club, why don't you look at certain judges in the county who decide to let it stay open. It takes more than the Sherifff's Dept. to get a business closed. So, people need to start paying attention who they elect into the position of judge.
  • by Ms unknown on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    Do yall know the facts behind the story. Or do yall just see 2 people shot and don't know what really happen. A buliding has nothing to do with a person getting killed. It's the people they let in the building. I've been there a couple times and EVERY time i've seen the sheriff ride by a couple times. They knew that club was open.
  • by Mike on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    Just so you can all stop repeating the same complaint, here is a quote from the story. "Sheriff Wallace says they've been working on getting a nuisance and abatement order well before Sunday's homicide to try to keep the club from ever opening again."
  • by PM on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    Since when does calling someone a thug make you a racist?!? Get over yourself, a thug is a thug and this young man certainly fits that definition. And no parents can't control what their children do, but they way their raised, does make a huge difference. By the way I'm reading it, your children are probably raised in a home that calls foul, or "racist" everytime another race does something you don't like or agree with. I pray for you and them!!
  • by Unable to say Location: DCNC on Jun 15, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    They knew that club was open bc they have been called there before in the last couple of months i feel like they were waiting for sumthin to happen to close it down...its been open like a month after he was suppose to shut it down...
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    The one on the left look's like a skinny Rev.Barber.
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