Wilson student injured in Rocky Mount shooting

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ROCKY MOUNT ­— Authorities on Monday identified a Wilson student athlete as a victim of a shooting last week at the Moose Lodge.

Malik Latrell Davis, 17, is recovering after being shot, driven to a local hospital by friends and airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to information provided by Rocky Mount police Sgt. Brad Summerlin.

Davis is a varsity football player at Beddingfield High School, said Amber Lynch, director of public relations for Wilson County Schools.

"The school has stayed in contact with Malik and his family during this time and offered our support, thoughts and prayers as he recovers," said Jonathan Tribula, Beddingfield principal.

Playing as No. 33 for the 2019-20 season, Davis is a tight end and offensive and defensive lineman for the Bruins. He also plays basketball for the school.

His level of recovery wasn’t immediately clear Monday, but he’s no longer at Vidant Medical Center, according to hospital officials. Attempts to reach Davis or his family were unsuccessful.

Summerlin said it’s too soon for detectives to determine whether Davis was a bystander or caught up in an altercation.

“I do not think we have gotten that far on the investigation yet to see what and who started it,” Summerlin said.

Responding police learned that Davis and three other people were injured in a shooting at 11:40 p.m. Sept. 2 while in the parking lot of a private party at the Moose Lodge, at 521 Country Club Road, Summerlin said.

“Officers located two victims with gunshot wounds when they arrived,” Summerlin said. “One victim was treated and released at the scene, and the other victim was transported to UNC Nash Hospital for treatment. Two more victims — including Davis — were transported by personal vehicles to UNC Nash Hospital.”

Summerlin said the crime scene unit had been called in, and the case is now in the hands of the criminal investigations division so no other information could be provided.

“We are asking that anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at 252-972-1411, Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or Text-A-Tip (Text RMPOL) and your message to CRIMES (274637). Your text is completely anonymous,” Summerlin said.