WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man is accused of fatally shooting another man during an attempted armed robbery earlier this month.
Erick Jemonia Gibbs, 29, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department Thursday night and charged in the death of George Porter III on Jan. 5.
According to the WPD, officers responded to 1010 S. 4th St. around 1 a.m. on Jan. 5.
When officers arrived they discovered two men with gunshot wounds. One of the men, George Porter III, 56, died a short time later at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The second victim, 52-year-old David Jackson Jr., was taken to the hospital in serious condition but has since been released.
According to witnesses, the shooting happened after several men came into the residence attempting to rob the individuals inside. The suspects at some point then began shooting. Police said at the time that they believe illegal drugs were involved in this incident.
Gibbs been charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
During Gibbs’ first appearance in court Friday, the judge ordered that he be held without bond. Gibbs also was appointed an attorney from the capital defender’s office. His next court date is set for Feb. 6.
Gibbs has multiple previous convictions, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Most recently, Gibbs served about 15 months in prison for a 2015 conviction on drugs charges.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910)-343-3609 or submit an anonymous tip here.