POLICE: Greenville apartment shooting possibly part of drug-related robbery

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 8:29 PM EST
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Police say a shooting at an apartment complex that caters to East Carolina University students happened during an apparent drug-related robbery.

Two people were shot, including an ECU student, at 33 East Apartments on 10th Street around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Greenville police say 21-year-old Charles Pearson is at Vidant Medical Center. They believe Pearson was armed and trying to rob people at an apartment when he was shot by someone inside the apartment.

Also wounded was Abdulla Hroub, of Rocky Mount. The 18-year-old showed up at Vidant Medical Center later that night with a gunshot wound to the arm.

At this point, detectives believe Hroub was accidentally shot. ECU confirms that Hroub is a student who enrolled in the fall.

Police say right now no one has been charged in the case.

33 East resident and ECU student, Oscar Garcia Moldanado says that 33 East always has officers keeping the complex safe during the day and at night.

"I do believe them because when I'm coming home late from class, there are cops there are security, so I always know that they are there

and they keep us safe." said Moldanado.

WITN spoke with another 33 East resident, Gina Pickett who also says she feels safe, even after the shooting.

"I still feel safe living there, I understand that its gonna happen anywhere and the police, Greenville Police took care of it pretty fast."

said Pickett.

Pearson has several convictions from Pitt County for breaking and entering of vehicles and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Greenville police say one person has been injured at a shooting at 33 East Apartments on 10th Street.

The male victim was transported to Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries.

Officers say the apartment complex is secure and they have identified and are in contact with individuals believed to be involved but there have been no arrests.

Police say there are no ongoing threats to residents.

33 East Apartments is considered off-campus student housing for those who attend ECU.

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