4 arrested in fatal North Carolina bar shooting that also injured 4 others

AHOSKIE, NC (WAVY) – Police in Ahoskie, North Carolina confirm they made multiple arrests in a fatal shooting at a nightclub beginning in November.

According to Ahoskie Police, they were called to the incident just before 1 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Ahoskie Inn regarding a shooting at Alaysia Bar & Grill.

When they arrived at the scene, officers reported seeing more than 100 people outside the parking lot of the Ahoskie Inn.

One person, identified as 22-year-old Aulander resident Jairen Lyles, was found dead at the scene, struck by gunfire.

Six people were also injured, five of whom suffered gunshot wounds and were sent to a local hospital for treatment.

At the scene, police said several fights broke out in the parking lot.

“This is a very sad night for our community. It was a chaotic crime scene with multiple firearms as evidenced by the different types of shell casings found inside and outside the nightclub” , Ahoskie Police Chief James Asbell said in a news release.

“This type of violence cannot be tolerated in our community.

In December, police arrested 24-year-old Jamal T. Sloan for first-degree murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count incitement to riot.

Sloan was first arrested after shooting three felonies: incitement to riot, armed passage to terrorize the people, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say Sloan is currently being held without bond on the murder charge and $500,000 bond on the other charges.

Elizabeth City Police also arrested 28-year-old resident Rayshawn Marquis Lee, charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, causing serious bodily harm.

Lee is jailed on $750,000 bond.

Two other men were arrested the same day and charged in this case.

Lashawn Davon Pittman, 28, of Rich Square and D’Veron Dwight Saunders, 24, of Ahoskie, were
both charged with one count of carrying a weapon in an establishment where alcohol
drinks are served. Pittman received $800 bond while Saunders had $500 bond.

The shooting led to the closure of the Alaysia Bar & Grill, and its manager turned over all operating permits, including a license to sell alcohol, to the North Carolina FTA (Alcohol Law Enforcement) according to the police.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Ahoskie Police at (252) 332-5011.

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