Greenville shooting suspect, victims identified


In a press conference Sunday morning, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden named the suspect as 23-year-old Lakim Anthony Faust, of Greenville.

Witnesses said the gunman used a shotgun to shoot 64-year-old Timothy Edwards, a Geico insurance adjustor, in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm.

Faust then allegedly shot three more people at the parking lot of the nearby Walmart.Those victims have been identified as 70-year-old Carroll Oakes, of Grifton; 69-year-old Vernon Leggett, of Greenville; and 50-year-old Haywood Whichard, Jr., of Greenville.

All four victims are listed in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center, police said. Officials said there are no links to the shooter or the victims.

Police said Faust tried to flee on foot but he was cornered nearby on Hooker Road where he traded shots with officers and was hit.

Police said they recovered over 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition at the scene of the shootings. Aden said that Faust was not wearing body armor at the time of the shootings.

There are three crime scenes: the parking lot of Kellum Law Firm, the parking lot of Walmart, and Hooker Road where Faust was shot. Police seized computers and other physical evidence after a search of Faust's home.

"At this point it appears to be random," Aden said.

Faust is still in the hospital and is also in post-op recovery with injuries to his arms and legs.

Once released, he will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. Aden said he will also face additional charges for his engagement with officers.

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