Questions remain in 1972 Cherry Point shooting

Questions remain in 1972 Cherry Point shooting

HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY - The shooting at the Navy Yard brought vivid memories for some people in Craven County.

Investigators said a former civilian employee who had quit his job two days before shot and killed two men and wounded another aboard Cherry Point in 1972.

According to investigators, Alphonsa Morris returned to base with two guns and a list of people, mainly supervisors, to kill.

More than 40 years later, those who witnessed the shooting still remember.

"I was standing at a coffee machine and a gun went off," Roland Hill, a former civilian employee, said. "We saw someone running from that coming to where we were. He had a rifle over his shoulder and was carrying another firearm."

Kilby Haskett of Newport and Lloyd Bass of New Bern were killed in the shooting. Duguld Lawrence of New Bern was injured. Hill said he still thinks about his close friend, Lloyd Bass, who was killed that day.

"[He was] one of the nicest fellows I've ever met," he said. "He'd do anything for anybody. [He was] a real first class gentleman."

Alphonsa Morris was sentenced to prison and released after 30 years. In May 2011, investigators found Morris dead inside his Craven Terrace home in New Bern. Investigators ruled Morris' death a homicide, and said the death remains unsolved.

Anyone with information on Morris' death is asked to call New Bern Police.

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