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Gang Rivalry Behind Shoot-out in Greenville

Posted November 16, 2007 6:13 p.m. EST

— Greenville police said they believe a gang rivalry and drugs were behind a shoot-out on Wednesday evening.

Investigators said Jecouri Davan Barnes, 21, of 112-A Ridge Place, belonged to a group of CRIPS-related gang members involved in drug dealing. Barnes allegedly conspired with Eric Holloway, 20, of 1025 W. 5th St., to kill Chauncey Bell, who might be tied to the rival BLOODS street gang.

Police believe the dispute began when one group of drug dealers attempted to rob other drug dealers.

The three men exchanged gunfire on West 6th Street, between McKinley and Sheppard streets, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both Bell and Barnes were injured, and Bell remained in the hospital on Thursday.

Barnes was treated and released from Pitt Memorial Hospital. Detectives from Greenville's gang and major-crimes units arrested him on Friday and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

Holloway was arrested Thursday and likewise charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Both Barnes and Holloway were also accused of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The two were placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under separate $2 million bonds.