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Judge sets bond for suspect in Greenville fatal shooting

Police say shooting may be gang-related

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A suspect accused of killing a man in Greenville Wednesday appeared before a judge Friday morning to have his bond set.

The District Attorney' s Office was asking for a $2 million bond for 20-year-old for Shiheem Maurice Andrews, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamar Clark.

But the judge set Andrews' bond at $750,000 Friday morning. If Andrews posts bond and is released from the Pitt County Detention Center before his trial, he must be placed under electronic monitoring, the judge ordered.

The fatal shooting happened in the parking lot of the Five Points Plaza in Greenville just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, police said. It was Greenville's second homicide of 2014.

Andrews turned himself in to police Wednesday evening.

Police said the victim, Clark, was a verified member of the Bloods gang and had a lengthy criminal history. Detectives believe the shooting was a targeted attack and there was no threat to the public.

The suspect, Andrews, is not a validated gang member, but does have known gang affiliations, police said.

But Clark's uncle told NewsChannel 12 he does not believe the shooting was gang-related. According to family, Clark leaves behind two daughters.

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Police said they have arrested a suspect accused of shooting and killing a known gang member in Greenville early Wednesday morning.

According to the Greenville Police Department, 20-year-old Shiheem Maurice Andrews has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamar Clark. The murder happened in the parking lot of the Five Points Plaza in uptown Greenville, police said.

(CLICK HERE: More photos of the suspect from the Greenville Police Dept.)

Officers reviewed surveillance video from the parking lot, and were able to identify Andrews as the suspect, police said.

Officers contacted Andrews and told him of the warrant out for his arrest. Andrews turned himself in to the Greenville Police Department Wednesday evening and was taken into custody without incident, investigators said. He is being held without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Police said the victim was a verified member of the Bloods gang and had a lengthy criminal history. Detectives believe the shooting was a targeted attack and there was no threat to the public.

The suspect, Andrews, is not a validated gang member, but does have known gang affiliations, police said.

Clark's uncle told NewsChannel 12 he does not believe the shooting was gang-related. According to family, Clark leaves behind two daughters.

This is Greenville's second homicide of 2014.

Clark's death happened less than a year after his cousin, 26-year-old Ceira Michelle Clark, was shot and killed in Greenville. She was murdered on Aug. 17, 2013, police said. (CLICK HERE to read that story.)

Photo credit: Greenville Police Department

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A father of two was killed in a shooting in Greenville early Wednesday, less than a year after his cousin was shot and killed.

According to the Greenville Police Department, the shooting happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at 501 Evans St., near Cubbie's.

GPD Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said officers were patrolling the uptown district when they heard shots being fired. Seconds later, they found 23-year-old Jamar Clark suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso in the 5 Points Plaza parking lot, Hunter said.

Clark was taken to Vidant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Hunter. He leaves behind two daughters, his family said.

This is Greenville's second homicide of 2014.

Police said Clark had a lengthy criminal history and was a verified member of the Bloods gang. Detectives believe the shooting was a targeted attack and there was no threat to the public, said investigators.

But Clark's mother, Dorothy Smith, said her son was cleaning up his act, and had plans to go to Pitt Community College after his cousin, 26-year-old Ceira Michelle Clark, was shot and killed on Aug. 17, 2013 (CLICK HERE to read that story).

"He was my baby, a very sweet boy. He loved everybody, loved to laugh," Smith said of her son. "He was trying to change his life around."

Police said they believe the shooting stemmed from an earlier altercation. But Clark's uncle, Tylrico Clark, said he doesn't believe the shooting was gang-related.

"That wasn't gang-related or nothing,. That was a senseless act of violence," Tylrico said. "I pray to God the authorities take care of that before these streets out here, you know what I'm saying, come to the ones who did that to my nephew."

"Whoever did it needs to come forward. You can't hide. God don't like ugly," said Smith.

Police stopped a vehicle seen leaving the scene at about the time of the shooting, Hunter said. As of Wednesday morning, six people were being held by Greenville Police for questioning, but no formal charges were yet filed. The investigation is ongoing.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden issued the following statement:

"This incident highlights that while we have made tremendous improvement as a community in the fight against gangs and violence, there is still work to be done to fully eradicate this element from our streets. We must work together in sending the message of community intolerance to violence by taking swift and certain action on the perpetrators as well as focusing on preventing young people from joining gangs in the first place."

Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers will offer a reward for information that leads an arrest. Anyone who can provide details is asked to call 252-758-7777 or the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315.


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