Man charged with attempted murder in Elizabethtown shooting

Felon facing attempted murder charge after Bladen County shooting

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) - A felon who was on parole now is facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot a man Monday morning in Elizabethtown.

Elijah David Coston also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to Lt. Lonnie Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department, officers responded to the area of James Street near Della Street for a report of a person with a gunshot wound.

The victim, David Wilson Gilchrist, was located at the scene and taken to Bladen County Hospital.

Lt. Cheshire said Coston was identified as the shooter and he was taken into custody after a brief manhunt with the assistance of Probations and Parole and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Coston is being held under a $1 million bond.

Lt. Cheshire said that Gilchrist was in stable condition as of Tuesday morning.

According to the N.C, Department of Public Safety website, Coston was released from prison last November after serving approximately four years for discharging a firearm into an occupied property.

Coston also was convicted of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2008. He served three years in prison in that case.

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