Drive-By Shooting Near ECU Campus Leaves Two Dead

By Virginia Breen

Jun 30, 2009 5:34pm

ABC News On Campus reporter Nadine Maeser blogs:

An East Carolina University student and local restaurant manager were killed in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday after a dispute outside a bar in downtown Greenville, N.C., police said.

Greenville Police identified the victims as Landon Blackley, a rising senior at ECU, and Andrew Kirby, a manager at Michaelangelo's, a restaurant in the downtown area. Police believe Blackley and Kirby were innocent bystanders.

At a 2 p.m. press conference, Greenville Police Chief William Anderson said investigators were still searching for the suspect, James Earl Richardson, 32, and another man who may be involved.

According to witnesses and police, a fight broke out at approximately 2 a.m., in front of The Other Place, a popular bar in downtown Greenville.  The Other Place, also known as The OP, is located near the intersection of Fifth and Reade Streets.

ECU senior Daniel Granzyk, who works as a bouncer at a bar near The OP, was working the Monday night shift when the shooting occurred.

“Some people ran into the bar I work at,” he said.  “They were yelling and screaming that there was a drive-by.”

Granzyk and others heard the gunshots and walked over to The OP to see what was going on.   “I saw two bodies lying on the ground,” he said.  “I couldn’t believe what I saw last night and still can’t believe it today.”

The victims were taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. One victim died shortly after the shooting. The second victim died around 6 a.m., Tuesday morning, police said.

An emergency alert was sent out to ECU students describing the suspects as two black males.

"The first suspect is described as having light skin, being tall, and wearing a white t-shirt,” the alert read.  “The other suspect is described as being tall, wearing a white v-neck shirt and wearing a red hat.”  The suspects were last seen traveling west, away from campus, in a late-1980s model BMW. 

Investigators blocked off the crime scene Tuesday morning, but have since re-opened the traffic area. The police are continuing their investigation of the shooting.

John Durham, a spokesman for ECU, a college of about 20,000 undergrads, said the university was offering grief counseling to students.

“We have a number of the victim's friends meeting with counselors as we speak,” Durham said.

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