GREENVILLE - Police in Greenville are investigating a fatal shooting that killed a retired Pastor. It happened overnight Sunday.
The 911 call came in around midnight, and police believe it was a robbery gone bad. A man and his wife, Jim and Vickie Carr, were at home on Cedarhurst Road in the Westhaven Subdivision at the time.
Jim Carr, 60, was shot in the incident. According to the 911 call, Jim's wife, Vicki, said "they came in through the garage and they left [through] the back door... and when he went to the back door to see what the sound was, he was shot." She told a 911 dispatcher her husband was shot once in the arm.
He was taken to Vidant Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, but later died around 3 a.m., according to friends of the family.
Kevin Adams lives nearby and said crime is a problem in the area.
"It seems like this neighborhood attracts people who don't live back here to come back here and loot and pillage, and I'm sure that's what it probably was. I doubt they even knew this person or these people," Adams said.
In June, there was another home invasion, just two blocks away on East Baywood Lane. That time, police say a woman had to lock herself in a bathroom after two men broke into her home. Those men were later caught by police while still inside her home. The woman was not harmed in the incident.
However, despite the two high-profile break-ins, neighbors like Randy Cox aren't worried for their safety.
"We still feel safe. I mean we're sad for the family, but as far as we're concerned, we still feel very safe," he said.
According to tax records, the Carrs bought their home in March of 2010. Their son said his father was a former pastor in Williamston and Garner before he retired in Greenville. Carr said his father remained active in his church. He most recently was a ministry leader for the addiction recovery program at Covenant United Methodist Church in Winterville.
Trudy Halstead, executive director for God's Love Ministries in Winterville said she has known Jim for nearly two years. She said he spent a lot of time volunteering and helping with the non-profit organizations that help those in need.
"He had a heart for people, and everybody doesn't have a love like Jesus has for other people, but Jim did. He reached out to you. You know even if you were standoffish, he would say 'Brother come here, I'll talk to you' or 'Sister, I'll talk with you," Halstead said.
She said she couldn't believe it when she heard what had happened to her friend.
"I was speechless, and I'm not speechless a lot. I was devastated... thinking 'no this can't be.' Just every question you could think of [like] you know why this, why now, why him," she said.
Dr. William Shockley, the stated clerk of the Presbetery of the Mid-Atlantic, met Pastor Carr over a decade ago.
"It just shouldn't happen to a guy like that. He's too good of a guy," Shockley said.
Police said Vickie told them the couple did not know the person who broke into their home. Police have not released specific suspect information, but Pastor Carr described the suspect to the 911 dispatcher as a white male in his 20's, taller than 5'8" and average weight. He also said the suspect was carrying a handgun, however, he was unsure of the color at the time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department or CrimeStoppers.
On Thursday, the Carr family will hold a life celebration at Reimage Church in Winterville from 7- 9 p.m.
Pastor Carr will be buried on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Charlotte.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be given instead in honor of Pastor Carr to God's Love Ministries and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes out of Kansas City, Missouri. However, all proceeds from the F.C.A will go towards athletes in North Carolina.
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