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911 call: Greenville pastor fatally shot by burglar

Posted August 21, 2012
Updated August 22, 2012

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— The wife of a Pitt County minister listened helplessly Sunday as her husband was shot by a burglar in their Greenville home, according to a 911 call released Tuesday.

Pastor Jim Carr, who was also a van driver for Pitt Community College, was home with his wife, Vickie Carr, early Sunday when they heard a sound by the back door. Jim Carr went to check it out and crossed paths with a burglar, Vickie Carr told a 911 dispatcher.

He was shot at least once.

While she was on the phone, she said she wasn't sure if the gunman was still inside the home. At one point, she gave the phone to her husband.

911 call: Greenville pastor fatally shot by burglar 911 call: Greenville pastor fatally shot by burglar

"I'm hurting, and please hurry," he told 911.

When authorities arrived, Jim Carr was rushed to Vidant Medical Center, where he died a few hours later.

No arrests have been made and police have not released a description of the burglar. Jim Carr told 911 that he only saw one man, in his 20s, who was armed with a handgun.

A funeral for the pastor is set for Saturday in Charlotte.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 23, 2012

    @puzzled, your comment, "Don't sound happy [for a reason that I don't approve of]...That makes me angry."

    Why are you telling us this? What are you planning to do about that? Is that how you change behavior in people? Veiled threats?

    Even *if* I was happy for a reason that you don't like...what does that say about *your* allegiance to our Constitution and your "religion of love"...when you make such a veiled threat based on someone's free speech?

    FWIW, if you make claims about patriotic or "sacred" values that you say you possess, you may want to actually follow those values. IMO.

  • sclackdavis Aug 23, 2012

    Praying for this Pastor's family.

  • Durhamighty Aug 22, 2012

    I am going to have to stop reading WRAL and go to more accurate, reliable news sources.
    Here the pastor is now dead and the headline still reads: "911 call: Greenville pastor shot by burglar" - glancing at JUST the headline one thinks he was shot and is perhaps ok, and still living. My condolences goes out for the family. I understand crime in Greenville is very bad, not often reported. Tragic.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 22, 2012

    Seems folks love the America that Christians settled and consequently developed with all the "goodies" - puzzled ***
    "The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed." James Madison in a speech to congress introducing the Bill of Rights.

  • puzzled Aug 22, 2012

    Don't sound happy that a person was murdered just because he was minister. That makes me angry.

    I don't see any of that here...
    Fifteeninthemagandoneupthepipe
    August 22, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    Read what I was responding to. It was not the story.

  • Fifteeninthemagandoneupthepipe Aug 22, 2012

    > Don't sound happy that a person was murdered just because he was minister. That makes me angry.

    I don't see any of that here...

  • puzzled Aug 22, 2012

    This story seems to be touting this man's profession. But, what does his job have to do with being shot?

    Well...unless you want to point out that very religious people don't live any longer or are any safer than non-religious folks?
    allinfantsareatheists
    August 22, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    A person's profession is frequently pointed out in news articles. Oh, but this is of the Christian Faith which according to some folks in America they should have no more rights. Seems folks love the America that Christians settled and consequently developed with all the "goodies" . They poured in because they loved and now bleeding hearts and heathens have said oh let them change it to their way and now we have no more Good Old America. It is as bad or worse than many other countries. Quickly becoming a horrible crime area. Let us see who stands up to take the blame for this. Don't sound happy that a person was murdered just because he was minister. That makes me angry.

  • Just Plain Common Sense Aug 22, 2012

    All I can say is: get and know how to use your own handgun. Get a concealed carry permit. If you are a burglar, you are also a killer. Anybody who will burst into yor home will kill you, and nobody can dispute that. Sorry for the man and his familywho did not deserve this.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Aug 22, 2012

    Upon further investigation...In Exodus 20:13: part of the Ten Commandments, we read "Thou shalt not kill" (KJV). The accurate English translation would be "You shall not murder". This commandment does NOT forbid the taking of life under certain circumstances.

    So in this instance of the pastor, self-defense on his part would have been warranted, biblically-speaking, so I was incorrect on my previous point.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 22, 2012

    What do we call a person who makes a living obtaining money by false pretenses?

    Picture three guys in covered wagon parked on a street corner who are all selling a magic potion that will “cure you of all ills...forever”. They each say that *only* their potion will provide eternal aid. Why would you trust any of these men or their magic potions?

    What if there were 20 of these people on the corner selling their unproveable, magic stuff? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups

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