A shooting occurred outside a downtown bar near ECU’s campus early Tuesday morning. Greenville police identified the student as 21-year-old Landon Blackley, a rising senior at ECU. The other victim, Andrew Kirby, was a manager at Michaelangelo’s Pizza on East 5th Street.
The owner of Michaelangelo’s, Jeff Derring, says Kirby worked for him for the past nine years, and had begun managing the Fifth Street restaurant in February. Prior to that, the 28-year-old Kirby managed the Michelangelo’s on Evans Street.
Corporal Kip Gaskins of the Greenville police says a fight at the intersection of Fifth and Reade Streets led to the shooting around closing time for the bars, which is about 2 a.m. Both shooting victims were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Police say one victim died shortly after the shooting. The second victim died around 6 a.m.
Tuesday morning police had blocked off part of Fifth Street as part of their crime scene investigation, but have since reopened the street to traffic. Gaskin says detectives think the victims were innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with the fight.
Police continue to search for James Richardson, who is suspected in the shooting that claimed the lives of an East Carolina University student and a downtown Greenville restaurant manager.
As more information develops in regards to this case it appears that this is a terrible and tragic shooting of two innocent bystanders. It is very sad when someone we love or know very well meets an untimely death. We are never fully prepared when something of this magnitude occurs in our lives.
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