Authorities said officers responded to a shooting call behind the Bahama Breeze restaurant at 3309 Wake Forest Road at about 9:45 p.m. When they arrived, officers found Anthony Domonique Lennon, who was dead.
The parking lot at the restaurant was blocked off Friday night and at least six police cruisers could be seen across the street at Duke Medicine Plaza.
One woman who was eating in the restaurant at the time of the incident said she heard about 10 to 15 shots and saw people running in the parking lot.
Late Friday night, officers were escorting restaurant patrons to cars parked within the crime scene so they could return home.
"East Carolina University, the athletics department and Pirate football program are saddened by the tragic passing of Domonique Lennon," the school's athletic department said in an official statement Saturday.
"He made a positive impact on many people during his time as a student-athlete at ECU and earned the respect of both his teammates and coaches. We extend our condolences to Domonique's family, friends and all those who knew and loved him."
Police did not say what prompted the shooting.
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