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Shooting suspect out on bond charged in second shooting

Posted September 16, 2010 1:29 p.m. EDT

— A Greenville man out on bond while awaiting trial in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy has been charged with shooting a 49-year-old man in his own backyard Saturday night.

Sgt. Joe Friday said that Cameron Randell "Bam" Whichard, 19, approached Carl Howard at his McClellan Street home and shot him in the face.

Howard didn't recognize the shooter and was able to supply only limited information due to the severity of his injuries, Friday said. Detectives are still working to determine a motive and identify any other possible suspects or witnesses.

Tips to Crime Stoppers led to Whichard's arrest Tuesday, police said. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a nearly $1.2 million bond.

Whichard was out on bond awaiting trial at the time of the shooting, Friday said. He has been charged in the Dec. 27 shooting of a 14-year-old on Norcott Circle and in a Dec. 1 armed robbery at Pitt and Wyatt streets.

Whichard served a year in jail for violating his probation stemming from a 2008 conviction for felony common-law robbery, according to state Department of Correction records.

While in prison, he racked up six infractions, including assaulting a person with a weapon, involvement with a gang, fighting and a sexual act.