Teen accused of Ayden shooting identified

AYDEN, PITT COUNTY - Authorities have released the name of a high school freshman accused of shooting and injuring a person in Ayden over the weekend.

According to Ayden Police, 16-year-old Joshua Joseph has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm in city limits.

Police said Joseph shot a male in his late teens or early 20s on West Barwick Street at about 2 p.m. Saturday. The victim was shot in his right elbow, investigators said.

At last check, the victim was listed in stable condition, police told NewsChannel 12.

Joseph, a freshman at Ayden-Grifton High School, is being held under a $2 million bond at the Pitt County Detention Center, said police. There is no word on a motive.


A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with the shooting of a man in Pitt County, according to Ayden police.

Police said a man in his early 20s or late teens was shot on W Barwick Street in Ayden around 2:00 p.m. Saturday. According to police, he was shot in his right elbow and grazed on his left shoulder.  

A witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said she drove by as the shooting happened. She said it looked like the two men were just walking up to talk to each other.

" I was turning in by the store and I saw a little boy walking. The guy just pulled out a gun and just started shooting. He shot six times, then took off and ran towards Kings St. Way," the witness said.

The witness said she drove the victim to her mother's house and called 911.

"I told him to get in the car. He was bleeding and I just made sure he got assistance," the witness said.

Police identified a 16-year-old boy as the main suspect, after interviewing witnesses. That teenager turned himself into police at 6:00 p.m.

The teenager who has not yet been identified was charged with attempted first degree murder and discharging a firearm in city limits.

He's being held in Pitt County Detention Center under $2,000,000 bond.

As of Sunday morning, the victim was at Vidant Medical Center in stable condition, according Ayden Police Chief Barry Stanley.

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