State had revoked Pitt County nightclub's liquor permit before weekend shooting

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Published: Jun. 24, 2017 at 6:11 AM EDT
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The state had revoked alcohol permits for a Pitt County nightclub before a weekend shooting landed the owner and his bar bouncer in jail.

Four people were wounded in the Saturday morning shooting at the Night Train Lounge on Highway 11 near Bethel.

Authorities tell WITN that the owner of the bar, Willie Acklin, and an employee who worked as a bouncer, Timothy White, are accused of destroying evidence in the case.

They're each charged with four counts of accessory after the fact, common law obstruction of justice and altering/stealing/destroying criminal evidence.

Warrants say the two destroyed shell casings from the shooting.

The state ABC Commission says it revoked the bar's ABC permit in May because of a previous shooting at the business.

In April, a man was shot in the thigh and deputies said at the time that the owner didn't say anything about a shooting even though they were there later for a separate call. Deputies learned of the shooting only when the victim showed up at the hospital.

Acklin & White were told during this morning's first court appearance that they could face up to 71 years in prison if convicted on all the charges.

The judge gave them court-appointed lawyers and set July 12th as their next day in court.


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Two men will remain held on $1 million bonds following a shooting at a Pitt County night club after making their first appearances in court Monday morning.

Authorities tell WITN that the owner of the Night Train Bar, Willie Acklin, and an employee who worked as a bouncer, Timothy White, are both being held at the Pitt County Detention Center.

They're each charged with four counts of accessory after the fact, common law obstruction of justice and altering/stealing/destroying criminal evidence.

Deputies responded to the Night Train Bar on NC-11 around 3:45am Saturday morning for reports of shots fired.

On scene, they found four people suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. They said the owner and bouncer hindered their investigation into the shooting.

There's no word on any other arrests at this time.

Acklin & White were told that they both could face up to 71 years in prison if convicted on all the charges.

The judge gave them court-appointed lawyers and set July 12th as their next day in court.

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Deputies are investigating after a shooting at a Pitt County night club sent four people to the hospital.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office tells WITN that deputies responded to the shots fired call at Night Train Bar on NC-11 around 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Upon their arrival, deputies were able to locate four people suffering from gunshot wounds.

All four victims were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Vidant Medical Center.

The investigation is on-going and the Pitt County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.


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Deputies are investigating after a shots fired call early Saturday morning at a night club.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office tells WITN that deputies were dispatched to Night Train Bar on NC-11 around 3:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

It is not known at this time if anyone is shot.

We will bring the latest as we learn more throughout the day on WITN and WITN.com.