ECSU student shot and killed outside nightclub

Jermaine Couch (Photo courtesy: Guilford County jail)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WAVY) – A sophomore at Elizabeth City State University was killed outside a bar in Greensboro Sunday.

19-year-old Patrick Simmons, of Ahoskie, was shot in a parking lot near Club Lotus. Police officers already assisting with security at the downtown nightclub quickly responded, provided aid to the victim and stopped vehicles from leaving, according to Greensboro Police.

“On-duty Greensboro police, along with Greensboro officers who were working secondary employment in the area, reacted quickly when they heard the gunshot. Regrettably, despite rendering first aid to the victim, he died from his wounds. However, officers were able to manage the crowds and quickly get a description of the subject and make an arrest before further harm occurred to anyone else,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott.

Police arrested Jermaine Couch and charged him with first degree murder. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and Couch got into a verbal argument before the shooting, Chief Scott said.

Elizabeth City State University released this statement:

Elizabeth City State University mourns the tragic loss of Patrick Simmons, a student, who died in Greensboro, NC early this morning.  Simmons, 19, a sophomore who majored in Pharmaceutical Science, was from Ahoskie, North Carolina. The entire ECSU community grieves and extends our sympathy to the Simmons’ family and Patrick’s many friends on campus. Grief counseling services are available on the ECSU campus.

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