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Arrests made in deadly Wilson apartment complex shooting

By Anna Bulszewicz
Published On: Oct 24 2012 10:12:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 27 2012 10:40:08 AM CDT
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Wilson Police Department Investigators charged three men in connection with the murder of Eric Williams.  The charges were filed Friday.  

Rayquille Avante Taylor, 20 and Jarvis Shyheim D’Ray Sauls, 18 were arrested.  Investigators are still searching for the third suspect, Octavious Rhymez Thompson, 18. 

Investigators in this case determined that robbery was a motive for the killing.

Police located and arrested two of the three suspects, on charges of first degree murder; robbery with a dangerous weapon; and discharging a firearm into occupied property. 

The two suspects in custody were placed in the Wilson County Jail without bond. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on his whereabouts, or further information involving this case are encouraged to contact the Wilson Police Department at (252) 399-2323.

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Police in Wilson called for a lockdown of a community college after a man was found shot to death in a car near campus.

The call came to authorities around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, as a man was reported killed at Beacon Pointe Apartments off Lipscomb Road. Police have now identified the victim as 29-year-old Ronnie Earl Griffin Jr., of Raleigh.

When police found Griffin, several locations were placed on a precautionary lockdown.

Antjuan Jones was at his cousin's apartment at the time of the shooting.

"I heard gunshots early in the morning like right after the kids went to school. So, that's all I was worried about was the kids," Jones said.

LoriAnn Hardison lives at her apartment with her service dog, Notte. She said she was alarmed when she got the call from police Wednesday morning.

"They told me there had been a shooting and to please be sure that my apartment was locked. And I did not go outside my apartment until I got another call from them telling me it was safe," Hardison said.

Sgt. John Slaughter said a daycare across the street, an alumni center, Barnes Elementary School, Darden Middle School and Wilson Community College were all locked down.

Amber Whitley, the spokeswoman for Wilson County Schools, said the lockdown on the elementary school was lifted around 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. However, Darden Middle School remained on lockdown until the end of the school day.

Whitley said they dismissed both schools at normal hours, but police were present to make sure all the children got on the buses safely.

An official with Wilson Community College said the lockdown was lifted around noon.

Police are continuing to investigate this incident. There has been no suspect description released.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Wilson Police Department.