Family mourns death of shooting victim in Greenville

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Greenville Police are still investigating a fatal shooting that happened in the parking lot of Chicken Shack on Hooker Road in Greenville.

Cortavious Arrington was killed following what police say was a fight in the parking lot of the convenience store around 6:30 p.m. on July 21. C-Allah Coombs, Jr., suffered non-life threatening injuries following the shooting.

The owner of Chicken Shack, Tareq Alhilali, says that day, Arrington walked into the store, purchased a beer and some groceries, and left. Moments later, the owner's sisters who were working that day, heard gunshots and contacted authorities. His sisters were afraid to come to work the next day.

"One of my sisters, she told me, 'I can't come back to the store.' I told her, 'I need you right now 'til I find someone else.' And she's scared, " Alhilali said.

The owner says he has security and cameras, but he can't control what goes on in the parking lot.

Victor Arrington is Cortvaious' uncle, and he dropped to his knees upon hearing the news. He said his nephew was an upcoming music artist on his way to turning his life around. One family member said he was due to sign a deal next week.

Greenville Police are working with the District Attorney and are waiting for the investigation to be completed before releasing any more updates.

Deputy Chief Ted Sauls said, "The circumstances are really unknown at this point; what the actual cause was, why the individual was targeted...and...at this point, there's still a lot to be determined."

Police haven't released the name of the shooter, but say that he had no criminal record.

"The nature of which is multiple individuals assaulting a single individual and once that occurred on the parking lot at the business the shooter responded by returning fire," Sauls said.

The family just wants people to know that Arrington's music will live on.

Victor Arrington said, "His mom is definitely so proud of him, but it's a young kid life taken away so fast. It's just...a sudden attack. And we done been through this before with our family, but we gonna make it."

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Greenville police have released the name of a man killed outside a Greenville convenience store Sunday evening.

The Pitt County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed they have the body of Cortavius Arrington. The 21-year-old man also went by the name "Buck Wild" and had released at least one video on YouTube.

Arrington and other man were shot in the parking lot of the Chicken Shack on Hooker Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The store owner said Arrington had just been inside the business before the shooting.

C-allah Coombs Jr. was the other person shot. The 21-year-old man had a non-life threatening injury, according to police.

A third person has been identified in the shooting, but police say at this point there have been no charges brought against the suspect.

Police say they will be reviewing the case with the Pitt County District Attorney's Office to determine what charges should be brought.

Both victims have criminal pasts. Records show Arrington got out of prison last December 26th after serving more than 3-1/2 years on multiple drug convictions.

Coombs just got out of prison last month for drugs. Back in 2015, the man admitted to a shooting at D.H. Conley High School that happened the year before while Coombs was a student at J.H. Rose High School. No one was injured in that drive-by shooting.


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Police in one Eastern Carolina city say a suspect is in custody following a fatal shooting Sunday evening.

The shooting took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the Chicken Shack parking lot on Hooker Road.

One person was killed, and another person was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. .

The suspect was arrested at the City Gas on North Greene Street, where he turned himself in.

Authorities believe the shooting was the result of a fight between multiple individuals who knew each other.

The names of all individuals involved are unknown at this time.