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Shooting suspect charged with attempted murder

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A Wilson man faces attempted murder charges in connection to a Monday shooting on Pender Street that left two people injured.

Calvin E. Pittman, 20, is accused of shooting 19-year-old Chakeem N. Whitaker of Laurinburg and 20-year-old Safari Ashby of Wilson after police responded to Tropicana Foods shortly after 5:30 p.m. Officers found Whitaker suffering from a gunshot wound to his foot. While police were there, Ashby returned to the scene with a gunshot wound to his back, officials said.

Pittman is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Pittman, of 211 York St., Apt. J, is currently jailed under a $210,000 secured bond. Police also served him with orders for arrest on three probation violations, officials said.

Pittman was shot hours later on the same day police allege he was involved in the Pender Street shooting.

He told police as he was walking in the 1600 block of Goldsboro Street, shots were fired and he heard a vehicle speed away, according to officials. Police responded shortly before 9 p.m. Monday to Moe’s Mini Mart at 601 Fairview Ave., where they found Pittman suffering from a gunshot wound to his back, authorities said.

He was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for treatment. No arrests in the Goldsboro Street shooting had been made as of Friday night.

A third shooting was reported on Monday at the intersection of Ward Boulevard and Downing Street shortly after 8 p.m. — less than an hour before Pittman was shot.

Police responded to a reported shooting in the area of Pickett and Downing streets. While they were investigating that call, officers received additional information regarding a 22-year-old man who said his vehicle had been shot, police said.

Authorities responded to the 800 block of Briggs Street and spoke to Develle K. Hunter, who told police while he was waiting at the stoplight at the intersection of Ward Boulevard and Downing Street, someone drove by and fired several gun blasts into his vehicle, according to police. No one was injured, but Hunter told police there were two other people in his vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Officers went to the area where Hunter told them the incident took place and found evidence of the shooting, police said. The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chrysler 200 sedan that was seen turning onto Ward Boulevard. No arrests have been in this shooting, but police continue to investigate the incident.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these cases to contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-243-2255 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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