Greenville shooting spree suspect identified
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Authorities have released the name of a man they say shot four people near a Greenville Wal-Mart on Friday before police wounded him.
WTVD reported that Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden named the suspect as 23-year-old Greenville resident Lakim Anthony Faust.
Police said he will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder when he gets out of the hospital. Investigators said Faust was shot in the arms and legs by police.
Witnesses said the gunman used a shotgun to shoot a Geico insurance adjuster in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm across from the Walmart store.
He then allegedly ran across Greenville Boulevard where he shot three more people in the Walmart parking lot.
Police said Faust tried to run off but he was cornered nearby on Hooker Road where he traded shots with officers and was hit.
Police said they recovered more than 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition at the scene of the shootings. Aden said that Faust was not wearing body armor at the time of the shootings.
There are three crime scenes: the parking lot of Kellum Law Firm, the parking lot of Walmart, and Hooker Road where Faust was shot. Police seized computers and other physical evidence after a search of Faust’s home.
Police said the four victims are in post-op recovery and so far, there are no links to the shooter and the victims. Aden said he personally visited three of the four victims in the hospital and they are in very serious condition. One victim was not taken to the hospital.
“At this point it appears to be random,” Aden said, according to WTVD.
Authorities said the suspect is still in the hospital and is also in post-op recovery with injuries to his arms and legs.