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Second man charged with attempted murder in night club shooting

Keiston Carney (Photo courtesy Pitt County Detention Center)

BETHEL, Pitt County - The second man charged with attempted murder in an early-morning shooting June 25 at a night club in Bethel was due in court Monday morning.

Keiston Carney, 29, was set to make his first appearance in Pitt County Superior Court on one count each of attempted first degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Carney was already facing charges in a separate incident for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, felony maintaining of a vehicle or dwelling for the manufacture of controlled substances, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, felony possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He will next appear in Pitt County Superior Court on those charges on July 12.

Carney had recently served time in the Neuse Correctional Institution for a conviction on the sale and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance. His probation term following his nearly year in prison had just ended this March.

Carney is the second individual charged with attempted murder in the June 25 shooting at the Night Train Lounge in Bethel where four individuals suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds. Vincent Smith, 30, of Plymouth, was arrested last Thursday and made his first appearance on Friday on charges of attempted first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm by a felon and felony possession of a stolen firearm.

He remains in the Pitt County Detention Center on a $750,000 secured bond.

Night Train club owner Willie Ray Acklin and bouncer Timothy White Jr. were also arrested on charges of obstructing a police investigation in connection with the shooting, and are in the Pitt County Detention Center on $1 million bond each.

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