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Shooting results in attempted murder charge


Lamar Anthony Melvin

Lamar Anthony Melvin

A Wilson man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other felonies after police say he fired gunshots into several cars in December.



Lamar Anthony Melvin, 18, faces five counts of felony discharging a weapon into occupied property, four counts of misdemeanor causing injury to personal property and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon, , according to a release from Sgt. Eric McInerny, public information officer with the Wilson Police Department.

The charges stem from a shots-fired call police received at 4:16 p.m. Dec. 26 at the 3800 block of Chase Road.

Police responded to the scene and found several vehicles that had been struck by gunfire.

McInerny said people were standing around the cars when they were shot, but no one was injured.

Melvin was arrested May 26 and held without bond. He remained in custody in the Wilson County Detention Center as of Wednesday.

On March 3, detectives arrested Malik Ray, 22, of Wilson, in connection with the same Dec. 26 shooting.

Ray is charged with nine counts of felony discharging a weapon from inside an enclosure/vehicle, two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Anyone with information on the Dec. 26 incident is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.