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Scotland Neck Shootings Add to Worrisome Pattern

Posted August 14, 2007

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— The tiny town of Scotland Neck in Halifax County normally doesn't see much violent crime. The police chief estimates there once was one shooting every five years.

Now, there have been three in about a month, the latest Monday night.

“We have a lot of people in this town. We have a lot of good people. We also have some that refuse to go out and get a job, want to hang out on the street and cause problems for everybody else,” Police Chief Doug Pilgreen said Tuesday.

The Monday shooting happened in the 900 block of Chestnut Street. Police said two 17-year-old boys were shot.

Dequan Pittman and DeAndre Smith were flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital. Their conditions were unknown Tuesday.

Thaddeus Williams, 19, turned himself in Tuesday. Police charged him with attempted murder and held him in lieu of $1 million bond.

Shirley Speaght said she saw the incident happen from her front porch.

“I mean, I thought they were just talking to each other first, then I know they're getting ready to fight, so I just called 9-1-1,” Speaght said.

Two weeks earlier, there was a police shootout at the EP Mart convenience store.

In that case, authorities charged, Wardell Johnson shot and killed Mack Moody. Johnson, officials said Tuesday, is Thaddeus Williams’ father.

Earlier, a fight outside Joe's Day Cafe led to another shooting, police said.

“It appears there's a little battle going on among some people in the city limits there,” Halifax Sheriff Jeff Frazier said.

Police are looking into whether the three incidents are related in any way.

Police and those who live in the 2,500 person town said they've never seen anything like this before in Scotland Neck, and officers said they’ll need the public’s help to fight it.

Residents, Pilgreen said, should be “calling things in when they first start, calling in suspicious activity.”


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  • jhnewman Aug 15, 2007

    And the truth shall set you free!

    Oh, My! Just the real facts please!

    Draw your own conclusions, rationalizations, and excuses from this:

    Ancestry of Scotland Residents:

    · Black or African American - 68%
    · English - 6%
    · Scottish - 2%
    · German - 2%
    · Irish - 2%
    · African - 1%
    · Subsaharan African - 1% · Scotch-Irish - 1% · Mexican - 1% · European - 1% · French (except Basque) - 1% · Italian - 1% · Puerto Rican - 1%

    Am I a racist? Nope. I am a realist.

  • shine Aug 15, 2007

    Everette 721 ..... It was Howell's store ! He was a great person.

  • casp3r Aug 15, 2007

    1 of the original Americans= Im not gonna play your little game. They had a tatoo on their forhead that said legal lol.. Just kidding.

  • 25874245844 Aug 15, 2007

    Thanks Bryan. I couldn't remember the name to save my life.

  • Out3r LX Aug 15, 2007

    it was melvin howard with the hardware store

  • 1 of the original Americans Aug 15, 2007

    I lived in florida I knew plenty of hispanics that were hear legally

    and how do you know the difference? How do you know if a person is an American Citizen or illegal?

  • 25874245844 Aug 15, 2007

    Shine: I know exactly what store you are talking about. My folks are farmers and when I use to help my daddy and pa farm we would go in there (Called Howells Store I think) at lunch and eat sandwiches and canned foods while we sat on the piles of dog food bags and talked to other farmers in the area. Man I miss those days.

  • 1 of the original Americans Aug 15, 2007

    The legal immigrants are wrong for getting a job, paying rent and educating themselves and their children. You are right that is the American dream. That part is true. I can agree with you on that one

    Well, if I were in a poor country and had a chance to make a better life for my kids I would in a minute break a uninforced law. Besides do you know how many construction companies go in to mexico to recurit? Heck do you know who is rebuilding New Orleans?? FEMA = Find Every Mexican Available!!! lol

  • shine Aug 15, 2007

    Everette 721..... Grew up in Tarboro - The store is on the corner right across from Mannings - It was a grocery store and a hardware store in Speed.

  • 1 of the original Americans Aug 15, 2007

    my comments about hispanics were in response to a previous post indicating the crime in SN was due to the hispanics taking the jobs that would be given to the teens in that area.