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Police Say Revenge Possible Motive In Shooting Of Wilson Teen

Posted July 27, 2004

— Retaliation for one teen's death may be behind the latest shooting of another.

Toni Parker, 16, was shot on Davis Street at 8:54 p.m. Monday. He was in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.

Police believe Parker was just hanging around with the wrong group at the wrong time. They are looking into whether the shooting may be gang related. They said the only thing they know at this point is that two groups of teens in the city are at odds with each other.

"When the officers arrived, they were pointed into a direction on Old Stantonsburg Circle, which is a few blocks form here," said Sgt. D.H. Garris, of the Wilson Police Department. "They found a teenage male suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest."

Garris said someone on Davis Street returned fire. Police later got a call about a car that was shot up.

Brian Dixon, 21, of Wilson was arrested late Monday. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Dixon is being held in the Wilson County Detention Center pending a $100,000 secured bond.

Police are not ruling out tensions between the Davis Street area and the Five Points neighborhood.

"This particular neighborhood and another neighborhood are in a little feud, but we are not certain if these individuals are involved in these groups or not," Garris said.

Last week, the Wilson Police Department announced the formation of a task force against juvenile violence after two teenagers were killed within a month.

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