Two Greenville shootings in one night: Police identify man killed

Two Greenville shootings in one night: Police identify man killed

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Police have identified the victims in two Greenville shootings that happened less than an hour apart, one of which turned deadly.

According to Sgt. Joe Friday, 25-year-old Willie Travon Smith (seen above) was killed in the latest shooting, which happened on the 600 block of Griffin Street at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Deontra Deshawn Wilkes was shot in the lower body and legs, and was taken to Vidant Medical Center.

George Lane, a man who has lived on the street for 13 years, and is the grandfather of Wilkes, said there has never been a shooting on that street.

"Two people came up and said Willie got shot. I went over there and see one of them laying on the ground," Lane said. "On the right I see my grandson laying on his back, he was shot all up."

Greenville Police said they have not determined a motive for the shooting and no arrests have been made.

The other Greenville shooting happened about 45 minutes earlier. According to investigators, 30-year-old Koki Kinte Purvis was found with a single gunshot wound at a store on Hartford Street, near the corner of Hooker Road and Greenville Boulevard, at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The suspects drove off in a dark-colored Jeep, investigators said.

Purvis was taken to Vidant Medical Center, but his condition was not released.

Police said there is no link between the two shootings.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315.

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