A Triad-area man is behind bars in Tarboro on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a man on Thursday evening outside the Subway restaurant in the Edgecombe Village shopping center off Western Boulevard, authorities said.
Uday Kumar Chittoor, 51, of Whitsett, was taken into custody after he tried to flee the shooting scene in a vehicle, Tarboro police Chief Jesse Webb said in a press release on Friday. Chittoor is jailed under a $250,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center, Webb said.
Webb said the wounded man, who is 50 and also is from Whitsett, was taken to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital. Webb declined to provide the wounded man’s name when asked by the Telegram in an email.
In the press release, Webb said Chittoor and the wounded man not only were known to each other, but also that what happened was a targeted and personal attack.
Police responded after the 911 operator received a call about 9 p.m. about the shooting, which reportedly occurred in front of the Subway.
The first officer arriving at the scene located a person seated in a vehicle matching the description given of the potential suspect, Webb said in the press release.
As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated and drove through the parking lot of an adjoining business, Webb said.
Additional officers arrived and, using a different approach, were able to keep the driver from leaving and take the driver into custody, Webb said.
Once the driver was in custody, officers were redirected to a man who appeared to be suffering from several gunshot wounds, Webb said.
Officers and witnesses provided emergency medical assistance until members of the Edgecombe County Rescue Squad arrived, Webb said.
Chittoor cooperated with investigators and as a result of a probe, the suspected firearm was recovered, Webb said.
There are no other suspects in the case, Webb said.
No additional information was immediately available from Webb.
The Telegram, in an email to Webb, asked several questions. The questions included what parts of the wounded man’s body were struck by the gunfire; how many shots were fired; whether spent cartridges were found and, if so, how many and where; whether there is any surveillance video of the shooting scene; and whether there is footage of the shooting.
The shopping center, which is located along a busy commercial corridor, features a Food Lion supermarket.