Club owner, bouncer arrested following early-morning shooting

Willie Ray Acklin, left, and Timothy White Jr. (Photos courtesy of Pitt County Sheriff's Office)

BETHEL, Pitt County - A Pitt County nightclub owner and a bouncer have been arrested, charged in their role with a late night shooting that injured four people.

Willie Ray Acklin, 63, of Bethel and Timothy White Jr., 30, of Farmville, were arrested Sunday after a early-morning shooting on Sunday outside Acklin's club, the Night Train Lounge, sent four individuals to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Acklin and White were both charged with alter, steal or destruction of criminal evidence, four counts of accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice. They were booked into the Pitt County Detention Center on $1 million bond each.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Kip Gaskins said the two men "took actions that were intended to hinder the active investigation into the shooting."

The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission revoked the Night Train's liquor license on May 19 just weeks after another shooting occurred on the property, which was tied to Joshua Joseph of Grifton. Joseph was arrested on April 13 and charged with murder in a separate case; he was sought for questioning in connection to the April 9 shooting at the Night Train Lounge, in which 39-year-old Damien Lovett was shot in the thigh.

The inquiry into the shooting at the Night Train Bar, located at 5011 NC 11 in Bethel, is continuing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers line at (252) 758-7777.