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One killed, one injured in Greenville shooting

Posted May 24, 2013

— A 25-year-old man was killed and a 23-year-old man injured Thursday evening in a shooting on Griffin Street, Greenville police said. 

Officers responding to the 600 block of Griffin Street about 9:15 p.m. found Willie Travon Smith and Deontra Deshawn Wilkes with gunshot wounds. Both men were taken to Vidant Medical Center, where Smith was pronounced dead. 

Wilkes was being treated Friday for gunshot wounds to the lower body and legs, police said. 

No arrests have been made, and police have not indicated what may have caused the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315.


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  • vegeman12 May 24, 2013

    lazydawg..."Your chances of being a victim of a violent crime are about 1 in 154."
    That is a totally bogus statistic.

  • 678devilish May 24, 2013

    The young are not living long in this day and time. If they would think about walking away, insead of pulling a loaded gun out....If only. My condolences to the family and friends in their loss.

  • Bartmeister May 24, 2013

    lazydawg - I can't count the amount of murders in Greenville the past 2 years, you're saying the same amount of murders happened in Wilmington? I find that hard to believe.

  • lazydawg58 May 24, 2013

    The Greenville violent crime rate is about the same as Wilmington, Greensboro and Charlotte. It is higher than Raleigh and lower than Winston-Salem, Fayetteville and Durham. Your chances of being a victim of a violent crime are about 1 in 154.

  • Bartmeister May 24, 2013

    Plus her grades weren't good enough for Wake Forest OR Duke...actually my pocketbook couldn't afford either.

  • golfcart May 24, 2013

    Exactly, Cary Pirate.

  • fuzzmom May 24, 2013

    Cary Pirate, don't forget UNC-CH. All we can do as parents is pray. There is no such thing as a "safe" place.

  • Cary Pirate May 24, 2013

    Your child would have no reason to be in that area. Guess you have to cross Duke, NCSU, UNCC and Wake Forest off the list also.

  • Bartmeister May 24, 2013

    My child wanted to go to ECU. NOT a chance.