According to police, Emanuel "Manny" Harris, 16, attempted to steal a cash box from the stand on North Raleigh Street at about 10:30 a.m. The proprietor of the business, Joshua Moore, 65, of Snow Hill, allegedly fired one round from a .38 caliber revolver and struck Harris in the chest.
Harris later died from his injuries.
Local residents said Moore has operated the stand out of the back of his truck every Saturday morning at the same location for more than 20 years.
Harris' father, Ricky Parker, told WRAL that his son was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He said that his son did not deserve to die for his alleged crime.
"If he did something wrong, he could have just held him," Parker said. "There were four other guys on the truck with him."
Moore, who was charged with second-degree murder, was being held Saturday evening at the Edgecombe County Detention Center under $35,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for July 12.
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