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Fourth Suspect Arrested in Wilson Wal-Mart Shooting

Posted April 9, 2007

— Police on Monday arrested a fourth man in connection with a shooting outside a Wal-Mart last week that injured four people.

The shooting happened early Friday outside the 24-hour Wal-Mart at 2500 Forest Hills Road as a group of Fike High School students was hanging out after their Thursday night high school prom, police said.

Maurice Ruffin, 21, of 407 Applewhite Ave. in Stantonsburg, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held in the Wilson County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

Terrell Bynum, 18, of 1209 Thurston Drive in Wilson, was arrested Friday on four counts of attempted first-degree murder. He also is being held in the Wilson County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

Anthony Jerrel Cannady, 18, of 215 R.B. Ave. in Stantonsburg, and Christopher Todd Davis, 20, of 820 Starmount Circle in Wilson, were charged Friday with four counts of accessory after the fact of attempted first-degree murder.

Three of the shooting victims -- Philip McNeil, 19, of Sharpsburg; Christopher Jerome Bullock, 21, of Wilson; and Markel Quishon Barnes, 18, of Elm City -- were treated at Wilson Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

The fourth victim, Stephon Chester Brooks, 17, of Elm City, remains hospitalized at Pitt Memorial Hospital.


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  • Al Capone Apr 9, 2007

    I wonder if this ever happens at Cardinal Gibbons.....

  • BR549-ssdd Apr 9, 2007

    Looks like trash to me.

  • Fike Teacher Apr 9, 2007

    Last month we had our annual Blood drive at Fike HS. It is organized by students , marketed by students and is a source of great pride at our school. This year we collected 542 pints of blood. Almost 250 were given by students themselves who had to be at least 17 years old and 100 pounds. Kids that were too young recruited family members to give for them. It made me proud to be Golden Demon to look around the gym and see white kids, black kids, hispanic kids, asian kids, and arab kids roll up their sleeves. Sometimes its easy to think that this generation thinks of themselves. I think that way myself sometimes, but this experience gives me hope every year. You see some of these kids that were hanging out after the prom were the same kids in the gym that day. The Fike HS Blood Drive is the largest at any school in the country. It is the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Red Cross. I'm proud of my kids and proud of my school. GO FIKE!!!

  • Fike Teacher Apr 9, 2007

    I came to Fike a few years ago, because Jimmy Tillman talked me into it. More importantly, other teachers convinced me that he was the greatest boss and stern disciplinarian, and he was. He would not register known gang members and would do all that he could to rid the school of new ones. Upon his retirement we got a new principal, Dr. Ellis a Fike alum. I wasn't too sure of the new guy as we had alot of "former" students re-enroll. Come to find out it was a order from above - mainly the court system that required it. It was a rocky start to the school year, but pretty soon these took care of themselves and most were quickly gone. For a tough inner city school, we haven't had a fight in almost 6 months. You tell me of any other school that has that kind of record. In all my years teaching I have never seen a streak this long. That may all change after Spring Break but it is something to be proud of for now. I'll tell you something else I'm proud of in my next post.

  • jeneric43 Apr 9, 2007

    FikeTeacher, thank you so much for giving some first hand and personal info on these folks involved in this article. So much for looking at the picture WRAL has on here and just labeling them "thugs", "pieces of trash". Shame, shame.

  • Fike Teacher Apr 9, 2007

    After talking with Stephon at the prom I told a fellow teacher standing next to me that I was proud of how Stephon had the willpower to take control of his weight and lose almost 80 pounds. How many 17 year olds have it? How many adults? I know I don't. I visited Stephon at Pitt and he told me that he didn't want to be hanging out at WalMart after the prom. He and a buddy had stopped to look for two girls. A fight had occured and they were getting ready to leave when the shooting happened. Is he a thug? No. Was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? Yes. One of the other victims was a former Fike student. The 4th I don't know. I think a lot of us on this board assume alot based on skin color. Are the accused thugs? Sure, for what they did, but not because of their skin color.
    I've read some posts from people in our community that "know" a lot about Fike. I'm going to tell some things in my next post.

  • Bradley07 Apr 9, 2007

    Touche' RDUTEC and thank you!
    Plus add to the fact that no matter how hard you try, they fight you tooth and nail. Then you end up in fear of your own life, look how many times you hear in the news of "kids" killing their parents. Why? Just because they disagreed with some kind of boundry that you as a parent set forth. There is no program no help ANYONE anywhere, if you are a single parent your screwed!!! You CAN'T be there all the time because your required to work all the time to provide for them, only to turn around and have them pull crap!! Its a great society we live in!!!

  • Wildside Apr 9, 2007

    wow.......what a charming looking group of young men. I hope they can get their lives on track. (there is that nice enough??)

  • Fike Teacher Apr 9, 2007

    I am a teacher at Fike HS and was at the prom until 1am taking down decorations. I don't know the accused as they are not students at our school, nor do I believe they are students at other HSs(one may be a student at Hunt HS but I am not sure of that). I can tell you about my kids. Phillip is a current student of mine. He made one of the highest grades in my class last six weeks. He has never caused me any grief and I wish I had other kids like him. He is 19 years old. UNC had a freshman basketball player(2005-2006 season)that was 20 years old. His name? Tyler Hansborough. You do the Math. I've had Stephon two previous times in my classes. Two years ago as a sophomore he was a chubby little kid. I had him last year, too. He was a great kid and good student. This year I would see him in the hall and noticed that he had lost a lot of weight and looked good. I asked him what his secret was and he said he was just watching what he eats..Running out of room. I'll continue in my next post.

  • mythoughts22 Apr 9, 2007

    these people are crazy...they will spend a long time in prison thinking about what they did wrong