2 weeks, 4 shootings, 4 injured

Mount Olive police investigating rash of gun violence


Four people have been injured in four shootings in the last two weeks in Mount Olive. Police say the incidents are unrelated and all of them remain under investigation.

Anyone with information on the shootings, is asked to call the Mount Olive Police Department at 919-658-5031.

The probe into the June 29 shooting that left Demaria Leach of Dudley hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his upper torso is still unresolved.

He was found on the front porch of a Kornegay Street residence and would not identify the shooter, according to police.

A June 30 shooting at 139 Cleveland Drive left Anival Guitiervez in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the stomach area. He had been struck with a round fired from a 9 mm handgun, according to police.

There are no suspects in that case, police said.

In another shooting that appeared to have been a drive-by, 19-year-old Raymell Leach of 511 Oliver St. suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder while in front of a store on South Church Street around 5 p.m. on July 7. Police have identified two people of interest in that shooting. No arrests have been made.

Police do have two suspects in the shooting.

Dontrell Royal of 976 Oliver Street escaped injury when someone in a vehicle behind him fired a weapon as he was on his way to a nearby store. Bullets hit the trunk of his car and its driver-side door, according to police, who searched the area and reported finding five more bullet casings. One of the bullets grazed a passenger’s shoulder, but the victim declined EMS service.

The gunfire erupted at the corner of Church and Kelly Street on July 9 shortly after midnight.

No suspects have been named in that shooting, cops say.

In other police activity, police charged Fred Alford of Raleigh with possession of a schedule II drug after a clerk at the Dollar General on North Breazeale Avenue complained the man was stumbling around in the business around 9:30 p.m. on July 9. Officers said the man smelled of alcohol and they found a white powder wrapped in a $10 bill in the man’s pocket. His bond was set at $2,500.

Police charged a Newport News, Virginia man with carrying a concealed weapon after responding to a call to the Handy Mart at Breazeale Avenue and Main Streets about a disturbance.

Officers arrested Damion Harmon and allegedly confiscated ammunition and two handguns from Harmon’s vehicle.

That incident was reported on July 8.


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