NC man arrested in Norfolk for shooting outside Greenville Convention Center

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Virginia police arrested a man wanted in connection with a shooting reported outside the Greenville Convention Center on September 2.

Jalen O. Watlington, 22, of Burlington, was charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury.

The Greenville Police Department said that the suspect in connection with a shooting reported outside the Greenville Convention Center in custody.

The victim of the shooting was identified as 23-year-old Grant I. Stafford.

The suspect was identified as Watlington.

Watlington was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia Friday afternoon.

The arrest was a joint effort with the Greenville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, the NC SBI Fugitive Task Force, the FBI, the Burlington Police Department, the Norfolk Police Department, and the Greensboro Police Department. 

Watlington will be booked into the Norfolk City Jail and is expected to be extradited back to Pitt County.

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Greenville police are investigating a shooting that happened outside the Greenville Convention Center early Sunday morning. 

Police say a man was shot in the parking lot of the Convention Center just after 2 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they were told 23-year-old Grant Stafford was injured and taken to Vidant Medical Center by private vehicle. Stafford remains hospitalized. His condition is unknown.

Police are now looking for the suspected shooter in this case. They believe the shooting stemmed from an altercation earlier between the victim and suspect during an event inside the Convention Center.

Detectives are working to identify the suspect through images obtained from inside the Convention Center. 

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’10’. He was last seen wearing a white Toronto Raptors shirt and red pants. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (252) 758-7777.

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