GREENVILLE, Pitt County - An overnight shooting in Greenville was determined to be an accident, according to Greenville Police. The incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m., this morning.
Officers were dispatched to Ridge Place for a shooting that happened in a moving vehicle. All four occupants of the car reported they were traveling on Hooker Road toward Ridge Place. As the driver made a right turn onto Ridge Place, a handgun belonging to the back left passenger fell to the floor.
In an attempt to catch the gun, the back left passenger accidentally pressed the trigger and the gun discharged, striking the driver in the back. The driver of the car was transported to Vidant Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover.
The rear left passenger, Joshua Strong, was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. The gun was legally owned and detectives determined there was no foul play involved.