Police: Wilson man killed in shooting

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Police are investigating an early Saturday shooting that claimed a Wilson man’s life.

Officers were called to the 1500 block of Cargill Avenue at 2:48 a.m. after 911 callers reported shots fired. Police found 32-year-old Arsenio K. Gaskins suffering from a gunshot wound, Wilson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Stroud said in a news release.

Gaskins died of his injuries at the scene. Stroud said police are investigating the fatal shooting. No arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.


Saturday’s fatal shooting is at least the second homicide reported within Wilson’s city limits in 2019.

On March 25, police found 63-year-old Evard Earl Artis lying in the front yard of his Stadium Street home after sustaining a gunshot wound. Artis succumbed to his injuries, and five people have been charge in connection with the death.

Police initially arrested 57-year-old Jimmie Ray Turner of Kenly and 30-year-old Ashley Nichole Harrell of Stantonsburg. In April, officers charged 17-year-olds Sarif N. King and Christopher J. Jones, both of Wilson. In May, 17-year-old Ty’Quan Moore of Wilson was apprehended.

All five suspects face first-degree murder charges. Turner and Harrell are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, while King, Jones and Moore all face first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery charges.

In addition to the March killing, sheriff’s deputies charged two people with second-degree murder last month in a pair of Wilson County overdose deaths.

Calvin Pittman, 21, of Wilson, is accused of distributing drugs that led to a Sept. 7 death in an Old Raleigh Road home. Malik Batts, 26, of Wilson, is charged with causing a Sept. 24 overdose death on Alton Road south of Wilson.

Authorities say Pittman and Batts are members of a group called the Kartel that operated under a hierarchy similar to that of a street gang. Two other alleged Kartel members were arrested last month on drug charges but have not been directly implicated in the fatal overdoses.