Shooting suspect sought

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 23, 2007

WOODLAND – A man has been injured after he was shot in the leg Wednesday night in an alleged gang related shooting.

Calvin Ray, 23, was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center, then transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville after being shot in the back of one his calves

On Wednesday around 6:30 p.m., Woodland Police Chief Don Ryan responded to call of shots being fired in the Woodland Housing Project on Persimmon Street.

Once Ryan arrived on the scene he stopped a black Mercedes driven by Ernest Lassiter.

When the passenger (Ray) of the Mercedes started to get out of the vehicle Ryan asked him to get back into the car.

Ray then told Ryan he had been shot. Ryan asked the victim to sit down and then called for paramedics.

A shotgun was found in the Mercedes and seized by Ryan.

He said Ray had walked up to a parked vehicle and exchanged words with an individual inside. When Ray turned around to walk away he was shot.

Ray was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Ryan said he had heard the shooting may have been gang related.

He said no arrest has been made, but there is an “active suspect” he is perusing in the case.