GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - As the four victims of the Greenville mass shooting continue to recover, NewsChannel 12 spoke with the family of one of the men shot.
Carroll Oakes, 70, of Grifton, was among the three men shot in the parking lot of the Walmart on Greenville Boulevard Friday, police said. Another man was shot at the Kellum Law Firm across the street.
Before he was shot, Carroll had just dropped off his wife at the front doors of the Walmart and went to park his car, said his cousin, Allen Oakes.
"When he got out of the car, he went to throw some trash away at the bins up front and that's when the guy shot him," Allen told NewsChannel 12.
Allen said the alleged gunman, 23-year-old Lakim Anthony Faust, was just 20 yards away, and used a 12-gauge birdshot to hit Carroll in the stomach, arm and hands.
"He didn't even realize he'd been shot to start with," Allen said.
Carroll had 28 pellets in his small intestine, and several in both of his hands and his arm, Allen added.
"We're kind of all still in shock. We're just praying for Carroll to get better. I mean, he is 70 years old. But I mean, he is strong," said Allen.
Carroll is in isolation at Vidant Medical Center, and doctors have to wait until the swelling goes down in his arm before they can sew it up, Allen said. Doctors expect Carroll to make a full recovery, but said he will need physical therapy.
"You see it on TV and you see it happen, but you never think it would happen to someone you know, let alone here," said Allen.