An Enfield man who was shot Saturday has been released from the hospital and police have arrested the person they believe fired at him, authorities said.
Lt. Jerry D. Powell, of the Enfield Police Department, said the shooting occurred Saturday around 2:30 a.m. near K’s Lounge, located on South McDaniel Street, where he heard multiple gun shots.
Powell said police have answered calls the location at K’s Lounge, formerly Little Palace. The establishment changed ownership at the end of 2011.
Powell and officers Andrew Belgreat Sr. and Tamika Richardson arrived in the area to find a large crowd in the roadway near the lounge.
According to Powell, he heard several additional shots fired and observed a male running from the area and gave chase on foot, adding he pursued the suspect but lost sight of him.
Police spoke to a man shot during the altercation, and interviews with the victim and witnesses determined the altercation began at K’s Lounge and continued into South McDaniel Street.
“The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Clark Jr., of Enfield,” Powell said, adding there has been an ongoing dispute between Clark and the victim, but there is possibly more than one motive in the case. He said alcohol was also an issue in the shooting.
Powell said the victim was shot twice.
“The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the upper area of both legs,” he said.
“He was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids.”
Enfield police and units from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office began a search for Clark, who was located and arrested without incident at a residence on Tucker Street.
Clark is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Clark is free after posting a $50,000 secured bond from Halifax County Detention Center. He has a court date of April 17.
“The wounds sustained by the victim were potentially fatal,” Powell said. “The victim was airlifted to (Viadent Hospital in Greenville) for further medical treatment, and has since been released. The Enfield Police Department would like to thank the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol for their response and assistance with this incident.”