Jacksonville Police make arrest in shooting that injured two near mall

Octavious Bryant (Jacksonville Police Department photo)

Jacksonville Police have arrested and charged a man with a shooting that injured two Tuesday near the Jacksonville mall.

Police arrested Octavious Tyress Bryant, 18, of 422 Myrtlewood Circle in Jacksonville. He's charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was placed in the Onslow County jail under a $575,000 bond.

Police responded to the 500 block of Myrtlewood Circle where they found Manzell K. Smith Jr., 26, of Jacksonville. He had been shot and was transported to Naval Medical Center and then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He's currently listed in critical condition. A second victim, Neino R Parker, 21, also from Jacksonville declined medical transport at the scene.

According to a press release from Jacksonville Police, detectives discovered through their investigation a fight took place between several people in the area of 510 Myrtlewood Circle. During the fight, police said Bryant pulled out a handgun and shot several times, striking both victims.

Bryant was taken into custody at 4:27 p.m. at 775 Jim Blake Rd Lot 6 in Jacksonville.

This is still an open and active investigation, anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Jacksonville Police Detective Daniel Karratti at (910) 938-6410, or call Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.



Jacksonville Police are investigating after a shooting near the Jacksonville Mall injured two.

Jacksonville Police said the shooting report came in just after 2 p.m. Police responded to the 500 block of Myrtlewood Circle and found two people suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital while the second victim declined transport.

“We are in the preliminary stages of this shooting investigation” stated JPD Deputy Chief Patrick Traitor.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the incident to contact JPD Detective Daniel Karratti at (910) 938-6410 or or call Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that is determined to be of value or assistance to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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