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Police are searching for clues in shooting

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on June 4, 2010 1:46 PM

Goldsboro police have not officially developed a suspect in a Monday afternoon shooting that took the life of a 19-year-old man near a convenience store, Maj. Jeff Stewart said this morning.

Stacey Lamar Edwards, who lived just blocks from the Madison Meat Market, died from wounds resulting from gunfire.

An autopsy was scheduled at the Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill earlier this week, but police have not released the results or said when they will be available.

Edwards was believed to have been traveling to the convenience store when he was approached by a black man in his late teens to early 20s, with dark skin and wearing a black hat, police Sgt. Chad Calloway said.

The suspect shot Edwards with an unknown weapon. He was transported to Wayne Memorial Hospital by private vehicle before police arrived.

Stewart said this morning that lead investigator Dwayne Dean was still actively pursuing the case.

"They're still working on it -- in fact, they're working on it right now, I think, just still following down leads," he said this morning.

Stewart said police also were not yet ready to release a motive.

Police reports also show that a Johnson Lane man was assaulted the same evening of the attack on Edwards.

Jimmy Devon James Jr. suffered internal injuries after being beaten in a parking lot not far from the Madison Meat Market, lawmen said.

James told police that three black men approached him in the 600 block of North Madison Avenue and "they stated they thought he had something to do with a shooting in that area."

Police have conducted heavy patrols in the Madison Meat Market area in the past week to prevent any further such incidents, authorities said.

Stewart urged anyone with information to call Dean at 580-4211, or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 735-2255.