Police arrest 2nd suspect in connection to Havelock homicide

Police arrest 2nd suspect in connection to Havelock homicide

HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY - A man who was shot at while at a Morehead City gas station this week is now a suspect in connection to a homicide in Havelock.

The Havelock Police Department said officers arrested 22-year-old Ronald O'Neil Morris (pictured above), of Morehead City, on Tuesday.

Investigators said Morris was present at the scene when 45-year-old Gerald Fitzpatrick Price was shot multiple times on Aug. 1. Officers found Price lying in the front yard of his residence on Cedar Ridge Lane in Havelock.

According to police, Morris was the getaway driver for the alleged shooter, 23-year-old Christopher Lee Godette, of Morehead City.

Morris is charged with felony accessory after the fact. His bond was set at $250,000 during his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

The alleged shooter, Godette, was already arrested and remains in jail on a murder charge, investigators said.

Police said the shooting of Price was an intentional act targeting the victim. But there is no word on a motive.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Havelock Police Department at 252-447-3212. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Confidential Tip Line at 252-463-7115 or use the confidential web site at Select "Police," then select "Tip."

On Monday, Morris was the victim of a shooting at a Morehead City gas station, police said.

According to investigators, Morris and a woman were getting gas at the Handy Mart on Arendell Street when a man approached and began shooting at their truck, narrowly missing Morris.

No one was hurt. Police said the accused shooter, 32-year-old Dennis M. Clinton, of Greenville, was arrested and is charged with attempted murder. (CLICK HERE to read more on the gas station shooting.)

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