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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