Sandeep Raj Pandit, 50, of Whitsett, has been identified as the victim in a Thursday night shooting outside the Subway restaurant in Edgecombe Square shopping center on Tarboro’s Western Boulevard.
Pandit is a medical oncologist at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, having joined the staff in November 2017.
Calls to Vidant Edgecombe to ascertain Pandit’s condition were referred to Jason Lowry, associate director of communications at Vidant Health in Greenville. Lowry said Pandit’s name “is not in our system.”
Uday Kumar Chittoor, 51, also of Whitsett, remains jailed under a $250,000 bond in the Edgecombe Detention Center on charges of attempted first-degree murder after being arrested when he tried to flee the shooting scene.
Tarboro Police Chief Jesse Webb reiterated to the Telegram that the victim and suspect had known each other for an extended amount of time and that Chittoor targeted Pandit specifically due to ongoing domestic and civil issues in which both are involved. Webb described the attack as “personal.”
Police responded to the shooting about 9 p.m. and, according to a press release, as the first officer arrived on scene he located an individual seated in a vehicle that matched the description given of the potential suspect. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away through the parking lot.
Additional officers arriving on the scene through a different access point were able to prevent Chittoor from leaving the parking lot. Chittoor, whose identity was unknown at the time, was taken into custody without further incident.
At that point, officers were redirected to Pandit, also unknown to them at the time, who appeared to be suffering from several gunshot wounds. Emergency medical assistance was provided by both police and witnesses until the Edgecombe County Rescue Squad arrived.
Pandit was transported to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, where he was stabilized for transport to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where he remains hospitalized.