Suspected triggerman in theater shooting makes court appearance

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The suspected triggerman in the weekend shooting inside a Greenville movie theater will remain in jail under a $300,000 bond.

Chadwick Cherry made his first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Pitt County jail.

Greenville police say the 40-year-old Tarboro man is believed to be the person who fired a gun inside the AMC Theater on Fire Tower Road late Friday night.

Cherry was arrested near the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Memorial Drive Monday afternoon with the help of the FBI and the SBI Fugitive Task Force.

The shooting happened during a showing of the 'Black Panther'. Witnesses told police that it stemmed from a dispute between Cherry and several others over reserved seating.

No one was injured.

Cherry has been charged with discharging a firearm in an enclosure to incite fear, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

During his first court appearance a judge kept Cherry's bond at $300,000 and set his next court date for March 14th. He said that he would hire his own attorney during the hearing.

On Saturday, police charged his girlfriend, Shameeka Lynch, 30, with similar crimes after she turned herself into the Pitt County jail.

Police say Lynch and Cherry were at the theater together, and that no additional arrests are expected.


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A Tarboro woman accused of firing a gun Friday night inside a Greenville movie theater went before a judge this morning.

Officers say Shameeka Lynch, 30, turned herself into the Pitt County Detention Center Saturday evening.

Lynch is facing several charges including discharging a firearm in an enclosure to incite fear and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

At least one shot was fired into the ceiling of theater 2 at the AMC Theater on Fire Tower Road around 11:45 p.m. Friday during an argument about theater seating, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.

That particular theater was showing 'Black Panther' at the time.

The theater was evacuated as a precaution, but no one was injured during the shooting.

An arrest warrant says the woman was armed with a .32 caliber pistol

A judge this morning kept Lynch's bond at $250,000 and set her next court date for March 14th. She indicated during the hearing that she would hire her own attorney.

The case remains under investigation and police say they expect to make additional arrests.



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Greenville Police are still searching for a man who fired a gun in a movie theater Friday night, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said during a press conference.

At least one shot was fired into the ceiling of Theater 2 at the AMC Theater on Fire Tower Road around 11:45 p.m. Friday during an argument about theater seating, Holtzman said.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers had detained three people for questioning Friday night, but determined they were all victims in the incident and were later released, Holtzman said.

Police are now working to get surveillance video from the theater to aide in their investigation.

Mayor P.J. Connelly also spoke at Saturday's press conference in front of the theater to thank police for their quick response.

"We are sending a clear message, this type of behavior will not be tolerated," Connelly said.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at (252) 329-4300.



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Dozens of police officer responded to a possible active shooter situation at a movie theater in Greenville.

Greenville police say officers responded to the AMC Theater on Fire Tower Road around 11:45 p.m. Friday after they were told shots were fired during an altercation between several people inside.

Officers on scene told WITN that three people have been detained for questioning. Their identities have not been released, but the persons of interest were picked up at a nearby Walmart Neighborhood Market.

GPD says no one was injured and this was an isolated incident with the people arguing.

Bill Lamanteer was inside at the time of the reported shooting and altercation, he told us, "Someone said shooter, active shooter. And it sounded like some popcorn popping. It didn't sound like gunshots. Then all of a sudden you heard some girls screaming and they said number 2, number 2, leave, leave. And there were some children so I gathered up the children and told them to go to into the mens room, or the ladies room, and we kind of, four of us adults stayed there."

Police say they evacuated everyone from the movie theater as a precaution and that no one was injured.

Greenville police say there is no ongoing threat at this time and the investigation is ongoing.