Man charged in Christmas Day shooting in Carteret County

Michael Becker, 20 (image courtesy Carteret County Sheriff's Office)

One man is in jail and another man is injured in a Christmas Day shooting in Carteret County.

Witnesses told deputies that 20-year-old Michael Becker shot 43-year-old Jeffrey Joseph after a confrontation involving Becker's mother, WCTI reports.

Witnesses said Joseph fired one shot in Becker's direction after confronting his mother. Becker allegedly retrieved a shotgun and fired numerous rounds at Joseph.

Joseph was taken to a local hospital after being hit with several pellets. He was then transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Becker was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill and taken to the Carteret County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

He was already out on a $50,000 bond after being charged with burglary, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and two additional assault charges in separate incidents earlier in the week.

Deputies are still investigating.

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