APD makes one arrest in bar shooting

Published 5:09 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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AHOSKIE – An Aulander man died and five others suffered gunshot wounds during a shooting at an Ahoskie bar early Saturday morning.

Ahoskie Police Chief Jimmy Asbell identified the deceased victim as 22-year-old Jairen Lyles. The names of the others who were shot were not made public. Asbell said those individuals are currently recovering from their injuries.

Asbell said one arrest has been made. That person is 24-year-old Jamal T. Sloan of Ahoskie. He stands charged with three felonies: inciting a riot, going armed to the terror of the people, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sloan is jailed under a $100,000 bond awaiting a Nov. 16 appearance in Hertford County Criminal District Court.

“This case remains an active investigation. There were multiple shooters and we are still in the process of gathering information and interviewing witnesses in an effort to determine the identities of all those involved,” Asbell said.

Meanwhile, the Alaysia Bar & Grill, located at the Ahoskie Inn, has been closed and its manager has surrendered all operating permits, to include a license to sell alcohol, to North Carolina ALE (Alcohol Law Enforcement).

Asbell said the individual that managed the bar leased the space from the owner of the Ahoskie Inn.

He added that a sixth individual suffered a leg injury while attempting to flee from the hail of gunfire, which began inside the bar.

He said his officers were dispatched at 12:54 a.m. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found a large crowd consisting of over 100 people outside in the parking lot of the Ahoskie Inn.

Asbell stated that the officers found Lyles lying on the ground.

After dealing with crowd control and securing the scene, officers determined that an additional six people were injured inside and outside of the premises. Asbell said some of the injured victims had left the scene on the way to the hospital.

“While at the scene trying to investigate the homicide, there were fights breaking out by people in the parking lot while law enforcement officers were trying to contain the scene and render help to those who needed it,” Asbell said.

He added that his detectives along with the North Carolina SBI and ALE are handling the investigation.

“This is a very sad night for our community,” Asbell stated. “It was a chaotic crime scene with multiple guns as evidenced by the different types of gun casings found inside and outside of the nightclub. This gun violence is senseless and now we have six people shot in one night.”

While Asbell stopped short of offering specific details about the case, he said, ‘the fact that people were allowed into this establishment with guns led to the shootings of many people which went out into a public parking lot where a man was shot to death.

“This type of violence cannot be tolerated in our community and I am asking for any person who knows anything about these shootings to please come forward and contact Detective Tom Helms with the Ahoskie Police Department,” Asbell continued. “There were over a hundred people inside and outside of the Alaysia Grill and Bar that night. We are asking that those people who were present and left before officers arrived to contact the Ahoskie Police Department to identify these individuals who chose to open gunfire inside of a club with over a hundred people inside and continued to fire these weapons into the parking lot. I am asking that our community come together and help law enforcement apprehend those people responsible for these horrendous crimes.”

Asbell thanked officers with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro Police Department, Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, and Northampton County Sheriff’s Office for their prompt response and assistance with crowd control.