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Greenville suspected mass shooter mugshot released

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Police raided this apartment on Hartford Street Friday. Police raided this apartment on Hartford Street Friday.
23-Year-Old Lakim Faust Mug Shot 23-Year-Old Lakim Faust Mug Shot
23-year-old Lakim Anthony Faust 23-year-old Lakim Anthony Faust

Police have officially booked the suspect in a mass shooting that injured four people and ended with a shootout near the Greenville Blvd Walmart parking lot.

23-Year-old Lakim Faust was booked Friday on four counts of attempted 1st degree murder.  His booking photos appear to have been taken while he was still in the hospital.

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In the blink of an eye, a gunman opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd. Scenes that used to fill the movie screens now play out in real-life.

And just last week, it happened in Greenville without warning.

As police continue to search for a motive behind Friday's mass shootings in Greenville, more details continue to emerge about the alleged shooter and what exactly happened that day.

Police said it began a little before noon Friday morning on Hartford Street.

A man dressed in black left his apartment armed with a pistol-grip shotgun and 100 rounds of ammunition. Police said he had one goal; to cause mass destruction.

Just a couple hundred feet away from his apartment, the gunman stopped in front of the Kellum Law Firm. His first victim was 64-year-old Timothy Edwards. The Geico insurance adjuster had just left the law firm after dropping off a check and some paperwork.

Witnesses said he was sitting in his car in the parking lot when the shooter came up and shot him twice through his driver's side window.

As witnesses scrambled to get Edwards help, they said the gunman calmly walked across Greenville Boulevard. He ended up in the Walmart parking lot.

"I was raised in New York. I know gunfire when I hear it," said Mike Sarbo.

Sarbo was working at Heath's Motorsports across the street at the time. His boss, Walter "Butch" Heath got curious and went to investigate. Little did he know, he was about to come face to face with the shooter.

"There was a gentleman walking kind of fast with a shotgun in his hand, by himself. So I thought maybe he was a policeman or something. I walked right by, probably 10 feet from him, just me and him and I nodded my head and said 'How you doing?' and I just walked right on by," said Heath.

Within minutes, police showed up and found the shooter on Hooker Road.

"The man just looks at him and starts opening fire on police. So the police started advancing at him, shooting at him. Of course, Butch's wife and I are across the street over here at the lot. At this point in time, we don't know what's happened to Butch. We've got all this gunfire going on and we know he's got to get real close to what's going on," said Sarbo.

"I was watching it the whole time. I'm standing right here about 30 feet from the whole thing. I'm standing right up, under no cover or nothing. It's only by the grace of god that I lived," said Heath.

Two days after the crime, police revealed the shooter's name. He's identified as 23-year-old Lakim Faust.

Police raided Faust's apartment Friday. A search warrant 9 On Your Side obtained shows police seized a laptop computer and Playstation 3 system from the apartment. Those devices were sent to the FBI.

Faust has a checkered past. Through internet searches and Faust's birthday, 9 On Your Side was able to connect him to court records in Maryland where he faced multiple charges in 2004, including attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was just 14-years-old at the time. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office denied Faust a gun permit in 2012 because of those charges.

As the victims recover at Vidant Medical Center, the alleged gunman lays in a hospital bed nearby. Nearly a week after the shootings, 9 On Your Side returned to the scene with Greenville Police Chief, Hassan Aden.

"Did you ever imagine that you'd be in a situation like this?" asked 9 On Your Side asked the police chief.

"You know, I've trained for years in how to manage these scenes and I've actually gone through tactical training. I've been on contact teams. I've done all that. You can't ever imagine, but you also cannot be surprised if all of a sudden you're faced with this situation and you're in it," Aden said.

In his 17 years with the Greenville Police Department, Chief Deputy, Ted Sauls, said he's never experienced anything like it.

"As far reaching as this event was, and as much as it shakes the foundations of people's emotions, the outpouring has been tremendous. We've had differences at times in various aspects of what we do but the city has come together in an unbelievable way and it's been very refreshing and rewarding," he said.

As for Heath, it may seem unusual, but he said he plans to come face to face with the shooter again.

"When he gets straightened out, yeah, I'm going to see him because I'm kind of curious to know why he didn't shoot me. I mean, I hate to say it, the Lord made us all, and no, something like that is not going to intimidate me, or scare me anyway. But if it's your time to go, no matter where you go or what you do, it's your time to go. It just wasn't my time."

In the meantime, he's showing his gratitude with a sign outside his business; "Thanks and God Bless the Greenville Police."

"When I first got here in November, to me it was an unknown, how am I going to be accepted by the community? Within a couple weeks I knew that was not going to be an issue but getting through this event has solidified it," said Aden.

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The search warrant for Lakim Faust's apartment went public Tuesday.

In it, police said they seized a laptop computer and Play Station 3. Those devices are going to the FBI. Greenville Police requested Internet history, emails and any picture and audio files from the past year be sent back to them for analysis.

Court records show Faust was unemployed at the time of the shooting. He was drawing about $600-700 a month from Social Security.

Faust has requested a public defender.

Meanwhile, police have released the names of the four victims from Friday's mass shooting in Greenville.

Police said 64-year-old Timothy Edwards, 70-year-old Carroll Oakes, 69-year-old Vernon Leggett and 50-year-old Haywood Whichard, Jr. are all in stable condition at Vidant Medical Center.

They also said the suspect was served with arrest warrants. Greenville Police said he's being held under a $6 million secured bond.

9 On Your Side obtained Maryland court records for a Lakim Faust with the same birthday. Those records show Faust faced multiple charges in 2004, including attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He would have been just 14 years old at the time.

Monday morning, 9 On Your Side learned the Pitt County Sheriff's Office denied Faust a gun permit in 2012.

In North Carolina you have to have a permit to buy a gun, even if you're buying one from a friend.

Lisinda Flynn works at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. She denied Faust the permit. She said Faust was rejected because of his previous charges.

Certain federal and state rules prevent people from ever purchasing a gun, including convicted felons, people who have domestic violence charges, or people who have been involuntarily committed.

The rest of the criteria is up to your county sheriff. Flynn said Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks keeps some tight guidelines.

"You can't have any misdemeanors in the last ten years and you can't have anything that's pending in court at all, even a traffic ticket. You must have your drivers' license to be in good standing. It can't be suspended or revoked. And you can't have any outstanding papers that need to be served to you," she said.

Pitt Community College confirmed that in 2006 Faust pursued a GED at the campus. They said they banned him indefinitely from the college's main campus for disrupting a classroom. Later that year, PCC police arrested him for trespassing and violating the ban. Faust took part in a Weatherization Tech program in 2011. Since then, he's had no affiliation with the college.

In 2010, Faust also worked at the Lucille Gorham Community Center on Ward Street in Greenville. He did maintenance and gardening for a non-profit that works to help kids obtain job skills. The director of the program told 9 On Your Side she  never had any problem with Faust.

"When he was here, I'm telling you, he played with the children, he worked with our seniors, he carried them water and drinks, he teased us about all the things he was going to do in his life. So, that's the Lakim we got to know. Our regret [is] that the other Lakim came out in some way, if he's the person that did do these crimes," said Gorham Intergenerational Center Director of Programs Deborah Moody.

Police also shared a small sample of what dispatchers heard on Friday.

CALLER: "He's walking, he's walking {inaudible}"

9-1-1: "Pitt County 9-1-1."

CALLER: "Hey, a shooting just happened here...a person has been shot and there's a black gentleman in a black outfit he's walking toward..."

9-1-1: "Listen to me! Tell me about the person that is shot."

9-1-1 operators were getting so many calls Friday, they actually called 9 On Your Side's newsroom and asked WNCT to announce they had emergency crews on the way.

But in the midst of all the chaos everyday heroes emerged.

9 On Your Side received several emails and calls about Erin Pierce. Witnesses said she saw the shooter taking a direct path toward the "Toys R Us" store and took action. She called the store and told employees to lock the door just in time.

"I have small children, and so that was the picture I had in my mind, is that somebody like me was in TOYS R US with small children and it was horrific and devastating. As a matter of fact, I had to call TOYS R US when we were leaving the parking lot just to make sure he was never able to get in there because I didn't know what had happened. And I burst into tears when the lady said that everybody was okay. It was a huge relief," said Pierce.

Pierce worked for United Airlines during 9/11 and credits her emergency training with helping her know what to do.

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The Greenville Police Department identified the shooting suspect in the Greenville mass shooting as Lakim Anthony Faust. They said Faust, 23, of Greenville, opened fire injuring four people before being brought down in a gun fight with Greenville Police.

In a press conference on Sunday, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden confirmed they obtained arrest warrants that will charge Faust with four counts of attempted first degree murder. More charges are expected. Aden said Faust has not had major prior arrests in North Carolina.

Police found a container of over 100 shotgun rounds with Faust when they took him down on Friday.

"Some of the way, the manner in which he carried it out, indicates that he has some idea as to what he wanted to do; but, we don't  know that for certain," said Chief Aden.

Faust is recovering in police custody at Vidant Medical Center from gunshot wounds to his arms and legs. He was not wearing any body armor at the time of the shooting.

Chief Aden said this is an active investigation and they're continuing to interview people to gather more information.

All police officers involved with taking down Faust are on administrative leave.  The FBI and state agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Chief Aden said they obtained a search warrant for the suspects apartment on Hartford Street in Greenville. During their search of the apartment they recovered shotgun ammunition boxes consistent with the shell casings found at all three shooting scenes. Police also recovered  various papers and computer evidence. It's all evidence police said is helping the investigation in Friday's shooting.

Sunday morning, Chief Aden said he did visit with all the shooting victims and their families.

"The victims, I personally went to visit them this morning and the families. They are all in various stages of post-op recovery. They have very serious injuries and were hoping that they continue on the path to recovery," said Aden.

Saturday, people who live in the 200 block of Hartford St. said police raided an apartment in the area directly behind where the first victim was shot in the Kellum Law Firm parking lot.

Neighbors said police busted the window of the apartment Friday and used a robot to search the home because they didn't know what may be inside.

One neighbor said the person who lived in the apartment lived there by himself. They said he didn't really talk to anyone and kept to himself.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden confirmed to 9 On Your Side detectives did search a home Saturday. However, he wouldn't confirm the location of the home.

The Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ted Delbridge, said, when the victims arrived at the hospital, they were being treated aggressively by emergency management crews.

"The emergency department started receiving patients shortly thereafter, a little bit before noon. In all we received four shooting patients. Each of them was cared for by a dedicated team of emergency physicians, nurses, and trauma surgeons, and initially were evaluated and treated in the emergency department," said Delbridge.

9 On Your Side talked to someone, off camera, about one of the victims shot at the law firm. They said he is expected to be ok.

Marcia Vila first heard the news of a mass shooting while at work Friday. On Saturday, Vila learned one of the victims was her neighbor.

"It's somebody you know in a sense. So, it's kind of even hits a little bit closer to home," said Vila.

The whole thing started at 11:41 a.m. at the Kellum Law Firm on Greenville Blvd.

A shooter armed with a shotgun shot a man in a Geico car in the parking lot before crossing Greenville Blvd. and shooting three more people in the Walmart parking lot.

A 9 On Your Side photographer found the first victim down when he arrived at the law firm parking lot.

A short time later, emergency crews were dispatched to the side entrance of Wal-Mart near Hooker Road where three other shooting victims were found outside.

Aden said both businesses are now crime scenes. One victim was shot at in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm and three were shot in the Greenville Wal-Mart's parking lot.

A witness shared pictures with 9 On Your Side of GPD officers moving in on the suspect. The witness told 9 On Your Side police kept telling him to stay down & put his hands up. The witness added the suspect was still moving around and police were unable to get to him until they slowly moved in with the SUV and got him in custody.

Aden said officers responded within mere minutes of the shooting calls. He added that their training in mass shootings, "likely prevented a larger crime scene with multiple, multiple victims."

Dianna Gee with Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, AR, said no one was shot inside the Wal-Mart. She confirmed the shootings took place in the parking lot of the retail giant. She added all associates at the Greenville store are safe and unharmed.

Police diverted traffic from both Greenville Blvd and Hooker Road.   All roads opened Friday evening.

The motive in the shooting is unknown.

Greenville Police are working investigators from the NC State Bureau of Investigation to solve the crime. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office, the NC State Bureau of Investigation, the NC State Highway Patrol, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement also responded to the incident.

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