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Dispute leads to shooting at convenience store


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Sunday afternoon shooting at a local convenience store sent a man to the hospital, the Greenville Police Department reported Monday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Greenville police were called to the area of Pitt Street Mini Mart for the report of a shooting.

They discovered 31-year-old Thomas Lee James who had been shot twice and was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

James' injuries are considered non-life threatening.

A preliminary investigation has revealed James was standing outside the store when the suspect, 38-year-old Derrick Lamont Daniels, approached him on foot and began shooting at him, police department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said.

James retreated inside the store to seek shelter and officers were able to identify Daniels on nearby surveillance video shooting into the open doorway of the store, Hunter said.

Four other people were inside the store at the time, however, no one else was injured and there was no damage to the store.

Officers quickly identified and located Daniels within minutes a short distance away in the 900 block of Howell Street where he was arrested and charged accordingly.

Detectives believe the shooting may have stemmed from an earlier altercation between the two individuals, Hunter said.

Daniels is currently in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill/inflicting serious injury, discharging a weapon into an occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. He made his first court appearance Monday morning and is expected to appear in court Oct. 23. Daniels was given a court appointed lawyer.


The department released reports Thursday through Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

  • 4100 block Kittrell Farms Drive, midnight. Sept. 1: Items valued at $500 stolen from home; investigation ongoing.
  • 3300 block South Memorial Drive, 8 a.m. Sept. 25: Tires and car battery valued at $750 stolen from Greenville Motor Company; vehicle sustained $1,000 in damages; investigation ongoing.
  • 1600 block Southeast Greenville Boulevard, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2: Wallet, documents and cash, all valued at $260 stolen from Speedway; case inactive.
  • 700 block Southeast Greenville Boulevard, 12:27 p.m. Oct. 3: $1,800 worth of clothing stolen from American Eagle Outfitters; case inactive.
  • 2700 block Shawnee Place, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 3: $12 stolen from two vehicles; case inactive.
  • 2500 block East Third Street, 10 p.m. Oct. 3: Book bag, laptop, textbooks wireless headphones, all valued at $1,870, stolen from vehicle; case inactive.
  • 600 block Whitley Drive, Winterville, 11:56 p.m. Oct. 3: Food items valued at $5.49 stolen from Sheetz; investigation ongoing.
  • 1900 block South Pitt Street, 6:51 a.m. Oct. 4: Home broken into; case closed; victim refused to cooperate.
  • 200 block Southwest Greenville Boulevard, 12:55 a.m. Oct. 4: Food items valued at $25.30 stolen from Walmart; cleared by arrest.
  • 700 block Southeast Greenville Boulevard, 1:40 p.m. Oct. 4: Iphone valued at $449 stolen from Boost Mobile; case inactive.
  • 100 block Shiloh Drive, 2 p.m. Oct. 4: $300 cash stolen from vehicle; case inactive.


  • 500 block Avery Street, 7:25 p.m. Oct. 3: 20-year-old woman assaulted by acquaintance; minor injuries reported; investigation ongoing.
  • 200 block Beech Street, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3: 36-year-old woman assaulted; no injuries reported; case inactive.
  • Property damage
  • 800 block East 10th Street, 7:17 a.m. Oct. 4: Vehicle damaged in parking lot; case inactive.
  • 1600 block Wimbledon Drive, 6 p.m. Oct. 3: Vehicle sustained $1,000 in damages; case inactive.


The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office released reports Thursday through Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

  • 7300 block Stantonsburg Road, 1 a.m. Oct. 5: Pressure washer, generator, chainsaw and trailer, all valued at $2,325.00 stolen from home; case active.
  • 3500 block Frog Level Road, 3 a.m. Oct. 5: ATV valued at $800 stolen from home; vehicle recovered; case active.
  • 1100 block Perkins Road, 5:08 p.m. Oct. 5: Shoes and security system valued at $650 and $1,000 cash stolen from home; case active.
  • 1100 block Greenmeade Court, midnight. Sept. 20: Bow valued at $700 stolen from vehicle; case active.
  • 1700 block O'Farrell Avenue, 5 p.m. Oct. 2: Four refrigerators and a stove valued at $1,600 stolen from Cypress Glen; case active.
  • 4200 block Dickinson Avenue, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4: Tow truck valued at $18,000 stolen from Pleasure Ride Motors; case active.
  • 3500 block Dickinson Avenue Ext, 12 p.m. Aug. 26: Electronics valued at $1,327 stolen from home and pawned at Village Pawn; case active.
  • 3600 block Barnhill Street, Bethel, 6 p.m. Oct. 4: Attempted break-in; case active.
  • 4700 block Mobley's Bridge Road, Grimesland, 9 p.m. Oct. 4: Cellphones and cash valued at $1,220 stolen from four different vehicles; one vehicle sustained $2,000 in damages; case active.


  • 1600 block Hoover Street, 10:21 p.m. Oct. 4: 29-year-old woman assaulted by spouse; case unfounded.
  • 200 block Derek Street, 8:40 p.m. Oct. 5: 42-year-old man assaulted by friend; minor injuries reported; case cleared; victim refused to cooperate.
  • 1700 block Belvoir Highway, 3:50 p.m. Oct. 5: 36-year-old woman assaulted by two unknown people; minor injuries reported; case cleared; victim refused to cooperate.
  • 2400 block Bells Fork Road, 2:45 p.m. Oct. 5: 41-year-old man assaulted by sibling; case cleared; victim refused to cooperate.

Property damage

  • 1600 block Black Jack-Simpson Road, 12 p.m. Aug. 1: Vinyl siding of home sustained $100 in damages; case closed; leads exhausted.