Anthony Lamont Lester
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Anthony Lamont Lester

Shooting victims charged with attempted murder

By Brie Handgraaf

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Edgecombe County deputies have charged two men with attempted murder and other charges related to a Feb. 23 gun fight.

Anthony Lamont Lester, 26, of Enfield was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $250,000 secured bond. The same charges also were obtained against Battleboro resident Samuel Michael Finch, 23, and Greenville police charged both men with making a false report to police.

According to a press release, Edgecombe County deputies received calls on Feb. 23 about shots fired near QVC on Kingsboro Road and responding officers reported a four-door light blue car leaving the area headed toward Rocky Mount. Deputies reportedly followed the vehicle and noticed a gold Maxima and gray Crown Victoria with bullet holes near exit 478 on U.S. 64.

Police responded that morning to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville to two gunshot wound victims — Lester and Finch. Greenville police Sgt. Joe Friday said Lester gave a vague and contradictory account of being shot near the Moyewood housing area while Finch said he was shot on Chestnut Street, but investigators never found the crime scene.

Friday said investigators determined the men were in the same car together when they got into a gun fight with occupants from another car in Edgecombe County. He added that at least one other person was injured, but the identity and condition of the victim is unknown.

“Incidents of this nature steal limited and valuable police resources from the community,” Greenville police said in a release. “They also give a false sense of alarm to citizens, and provide a false impression of crime in the city.”

Police said investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. Anyone with information on Finch’s whereabouts is asked to contact deputies at 641-7911 or Crime Stoppers at 977-1111.