People pump gas at the Sheetz convenience store on Spence Avenue Monday.

A Princeton woman was shot in the neck Saturday night in the parking lot of a local convenience store.

The shooting took place about 9:42 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sheetz store at 1001 Spence Ave., a Goldsboro police incident report shows.

Elana Mone Corbett, 19, of Princeton, was shot by an unknown person, the report shows.

Goldsboro Police Maj. Anthony Carmon said Corbett’s 2013 Mazda3 car and a 2006 Acura MDX Touring SUV, belonging to Steve Galban Balai, 50, of Dudley, were also struck by gunfire.

Witnesses were present at the time of the shooting, and Carmon said detectives are pursuing leads in the case.

“We’re looking at one suspect,” Carmon said. “We don’t know the identity of the shooter, so I can’t say if the shooter knew the victim or either of the victims, so we don’t have a motive yet, and that’s why we’re still doing a followup investigation at this point.”

Carmon declined to say if shell casings, blood or other evidence was recovered from the scene.

He also could not say how the shooting transpired or if it was a drive-by.

“Because we don’t know who the suspect is and we don’t know the reason for the shooting, the actual mechanics of the shooting are still under investigation,” Carmon said.

Following the shooting, Carmon said Corbett was taken to Wayne UNC Health Care and later to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.

LaToya Henry, Goldsboro public information officer, said Corbett was flown to Vidant and as of Sunday was in stable condition.

Balai, who was inside the Acura SUV when it was hit by gunfire, was not injured, Carmon said.

Police have not said where Corbett was in the parking lot or if she was in her vehicle at the time of the shooting.


Saturday’s shooting is the second shooting in the city within a week.

On Wednesday around 8:52 a.m. Goldsboro police responded to a shooting at 909 Fairview Circle, in the Fairview Apartments public housing neighborhood, that involved a total of 27 rounds of gunfire.

When police arrived, they located blood and shell casings at the scene, Henry said in a news release.

Henry said witnesses reported that an unknown person exited an unknown gray vehicle with a rifle and began shooting at a person in the parking area.

The unknown suspect was dressed in all dark clothing with face covered, Henry said. After the shooting, the suspect got back into the gray vehicle and fled the area.

While officers were at the scene, they were notified that Tyrik Deontre Joyner, 25, of West Chestnut Street, was at the hospital receiving treatment for gunshot wounds he said he sustained while on Fairview Circle picking up a relative for school.

The rounds of gunfire, which were reported at three different times, struck an apartment, at 915-A Fairview Circle, and three vehicles, a 2010 Ford Fusion, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2011 Volvo XC60, according to police reports.

Other victims, who were not injured, included a 15-year-old boy and Shawn Michael Hayes, 40, of Princeton, reports show.

Carmon said Joyner was the only person injured in the shooting.

The shooting resulted in damages that included a spare tire valued at $100, two rear bumpers valued at $700, a screen door valued at $500, three pieces of drywall valued at $1,000, a front metal door valued at $600, two windows valued at $500, and a rear right side door valued at $700.

Investigators with the GPD Criminal Investigations Division and the Crime Scene Unit responded and initiated a criminal investigation into the shooting, Henry said.

Police do not believe the shooting was random but have not ruled out it being gang- or drug-related.

On Friday at about 4:15 p.m., Goldsboro police arrested and charged Tyana Shardae Morrison, 21, of Day Circle, with attempted first-degree murder.

Henry said Morrison was arrested at the police department and was taken before a Wayne County magistrate and placed into the custody of the Wayne County Detention Center under a $2.5 million secured bond. Her first appearance was scheduled Monday in District Court.

Carmon said police know the relationship between the victims and the shooters but declined to elaborate.

“We’re not releasing that yet because we’re looking at additional suspects,” Carmon said.


The two shootings follow a city shootout, involving several people who fired from vehicles along several major thoroughfares in the city on Aug. 11.

At least two suspects fired between 25 to 30 gunshots near homes and businesses along Elm Street, Berkeley Boulevard, Royall Avenue and Spence Avenue.

Suspects involved in the city shootout and the shooting at Sheetz remain at large. Police are also searching for additional suspects involved in the shooting at Fairview Apartments.

Carmon said police view the shootings as unrelated.

He said he couldn’t say whether or not the public should feel afraid for their safety in the wake of the shootings.

“I can’t speculate on that, and I’m not going to make an opinion on that,” Carmon said. “Each individual incident is not related to the other.”