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Boy killed by shots into Wilson home identified

Posted July 23
Updated July 25

— A 7-year-old boy died early Thursday after bullets were fired into a Wilson home Wednesday night, and police asked for the public's help in finding the gunman.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Parkview Street, a public housing community of duplexes near the intersection with Starmount Circle, at about 10 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call about shots being fired into a house.

Kamari Jones died after being taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment.

Neighbor Joe "Tex" Brown said he heard six or seven gunshots.

"The shooter was between two buildings there, and he shot across the street," Brown said. "He shot across the street, hit at least two cars, and one of the shots apparently went into the bedroom window."

Peggy Edwards said she was in her kitchen with her two young children when she heard the shots.

"My first instinct was to tell them to get in their room and lay down because that could have been my kids," Edwards said. "I'm just so hurt for her right now."

She lives next door to the home where Kamari lived with his mother and an older sibling.

"I heard her inside the house crying, saying, 'My son got shot in the back of his head,'" Edwards said. "That's when I knew something wasn't right, and I broke in tears."

No one else was wounded in the shooting, but the right rear window of a car outside a home on Parkview Street was shot out.

Police have released few details of the investigation. They said they don't know whether the home was targeted, and if so, why.

"He was one of the sweetest little kids," Edwards said of Kamari. "He would always come out to play, and she would never let her kids outside for too long."

Parkview Street has had its problems, she said, but shooting and killing a 7-year-old is too much.

"I'm so ready to move," she said.

Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255 or 252-399-2323.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 28, 10:58 a.m.

    This is sad, nothing warrants killing a child.

    — Posted by Lamborghini Mercy

    I think there are many people who would disagree with you...including the lead character in a very popular religious text.

  • 678devilish Jul 25, 2:51 p.m.

    I am coming to believe that each city or town needs to set a curfew and stick with it. Too many underage of 18 is out late hours. Regardless of the parents set a curfew, if young people break it, then lock them up and allow the parents to pick them up only after they have paid a nice price. Maybe one high each to teach the parents as well as the young people. Those 18 an over will be responsible for their own fee.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Jul 25, 2:20 p.m.

    Not One More.

    It is far past time to do something.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 25, 12:14 p.m.

    RIP Kamari

  • 678devilish Jul 25, 11:29 a.m.

    This is terrible. This young man was in his home and yet he was shot and killed. None are safe any more in our homes. Lord, please help all of us. I pray that they catch the shooter and put him away for life. My condolences to the family and many friends. God is there; continue to hold his hands and He will see all of you through this difficult time.

  • firefalcon100 Jul 24, 3:31 p.m.

    having a 6 1/2 year old girl myself, my deepest sympathies go out to the family that lost this little boy.

  • PracticalMagick Jul 24, 1:09 p.m.

    A young child is dead because of violence. Can we do more than just rehash the same debates? ... View More

    — Posted by Monkey_Joe

    I think that if all gun laws were enforced 100%, 100% of the time, there would still be a bad guy/felon/crook somewhere with an illegally obtained firearm. I mean, it is what it is; the criminal element is going to remain criminal, and no matter how many laws are enforced and adhered to by the law abiding citizen, you are still going to have that segment of society doing what they do.

    FWIW, I think harsher punishments, but what do I know?

  • Monkey_Joe Jul 24, 12:56 p.m.

    A young child is dead because of violence. Can we do more than just rehash the same debates? Can we all agree that the current gun laws are not enforced and that, if they were, this innocent kid could be sharing this day on earth with us?

  • nascar33 Jul 24, 12:31 p.m.

    As long as we keep letting any fool that wants a gun, to get one, these sort of things are... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Wow what a clueless tirade! The people that commit these crimes are evil people, they don't care about your silly laws.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 24, 12:20 p.m.

    SAVE IT: really, owning a car should be a much greater responsibility. They are responsible for... View More

    — Posted by kermit60

    True, one can hunt at 12 but not drive until one is 16.

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