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Security increased at Greenville hospital after James City shooting

Security increased at Greenville hospital after James City shooting
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 10:32 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 5:29 PM EDT
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CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Security has been stepped up at Greenville’s hospital after a shooting this morning outside of New Bern.

One person was shot and another suffered blunt-force trauma to the head at a convenience store parking lot and a fast-food restaurant in James City.

Both men were taken to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville. A hospital spokesman confirms that the ECU Health Police Department has increased security measures at the facility.

Craven County deputies got the call around 10:20 a.m. to the Fuel Market on U.S. 70.

Sheriff Chip Hughes says a dispute between two men at the convenience store led to the shooting. One victim was shot three times and flown to ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, while the other suffered a head injury and also ended up at the Greenville hospital.

He said the man who was shot appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the other man was struck by a blunt object.

The sheriff said the shooting scene spilled over into the parking lot of the KFC which is next door. Both businesses remained open, the sheriff said.

Hughes said they are working on getting surveillance video from nearby businesses. Deputies said late Wednesday afternoon that while their investigation is ongoing, no other suspects are being sought at this time.

There was also a bullet hole in a truck with blood on it at Town Auto Sales, which is on the other side of the KFC.

Brinson Memorial Elementary School, which is nearby, was placed on a precautionary lockdown which has since been lifted.

ECU Health said the hospital continues to operate as usual and there is no disruption to hospital operations.

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