Deputies: 4th suspect arrested in Fountain shooting that left man in coma

Man shot in head in front yard

POSTED: 4:45 PM May 28 2013   UPDATED: 12:46 AM Jun 07 2013
Fourth Suspect Arrested
FOUNTAIN, PITT COUNTY -

Deputies arrested a fourth person in connection with a shooting that left a man in a coma Thursday night.

28-Year-Old Samuel Melton is charged with accessory after the fact. Melton is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 Million bond.

Community members helped deputies identify the suspects they say shot the man in the head.

A week after Anthony "Chubb" Parker was shot and robbed, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office reached out to the public. They believed members of the community held the missing pieces to their investigation. Sheriff Neil Elks says that was the case, and "the community came forward and gave us the information we needed identify the suspects and make the arrest."

Resident Ann Cobb said she's "glad that people are not afraid to stand up and help people that were in danger."

Deputies say there wasn't necessarily a "big break" in this case, but a bunch of small tidbits of information which led to the arrests. "Everybody had a little piece of the information we were looking for," said Sheriff Elks.

Anthony Phillips, Lamario Malton and the 15-year-old suspect each face charges of attempted 1st degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Family members told us Parker is no longer in a coma and is "doing good."

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Three suspects, including a 15-year-old, have been arrested for a shooting that left a Pitt County men in a coma.

According to deputies, 26-year-old Anthony Phillips, 23-year-old Lamario Melton, and the 15-year-old juvenile were arrested Thursday morning. The three suspects were allegedly involved in the shooting of 35-year-old Anthony "Chubb" Parker. The victim was shot in the head on May 28 at his home on Lynch Street in Fountain, investigators said.

All three suspects are charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. The two adults are each being held under a $2,000,000 bond in the Pitt County Detention Center, investigators said. The unidentified juvenile suspect was taken to another facility.

According to a family member, Parker was sitting outside in his front yard when he was attacked by several people. The relative told NewsChannel 12 she heard yelling from inside her home. When she went outside to see what was going on, she found Parker on the ground.

Parker appeared to be unresponsive after he was shot at about 3:30 p.m., the relative said.

Parker was transported to Vidant Medical Center, but his condition was not released. No one else was shot, Wallace said.

Since the shooting happened, Pitt County investigators have questioned many family members and neighbors.

"We do have some suspects and we are continuing the investigation through the night. The leads we have and the information that we have, this is a very solvable case," said Wallace.

Parker lived at the home with his grandmother in order to help her with health issues, according to family. He had attended Farmville High School.