Police: Driver shot in the neck in Elizabeth City

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Elizabeth City Police officials say a man driving a car near Elizabeth City State University was shot in the neck early Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from Capt. John Young, around 1:20 a.m. a 29-year-old Christopher Harrell was driving a 2005 Pontiac Bonneville on Southern Avenue when he heard gunfire, then he was shot in the neck.

The man crashed the car into a utility pole at the intersection of Douglas Street and Southern Avenue before regaining control and going nearby to Dance Street, where the victim’s brother took him to the hospital.

“He said he was going home from leaving his brother’s house to talk to his family members, next thing you know he was stopped at a stop sign, and he heard a shot. It just so happens he felt the shot, he knew he was hit, so he punched the gas and that’s how he crashed it,” explained a man who identified himself as Harrell’s brother, Stephon Ellis. Ellis says his brother was able to get help from another sibling, that sibling drove Harrell to a nearby hospital.

Police responding to the area for a call of shots fired saw the car speeding from the area towards the local hospital. Officers followed the car to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center where they learned of the victim’s injuries.

Investigators say the victim’s condition is stable. Ellis says he was able to talk to his bother on the phone Tuesday.

“He don’t have problems with anybody. He don’t start trouble with anybody. He’s trying to ge this life together, not for him anymore but for his child that’s about to be born,” explained Ellis. He believes his brother was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Police have not released any suspect information. They also tell us they do not have an absolute motive to release, but are actively investigating.


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