Tarboro, North Carolina

From the Rocky Mount Telegram of November 17, 2007

Shootout at store kills clerk

Edgecombe County authorities arrested three teenagers in connection with a string of crimes at a Princeville convenience store that ultimately led to a shootout and the store owner’s murder Thursday night.

One teen, who was wounded in the shootout, was charged with the man’s murder; another was charged with having the gun purportedly used in the shooting; and a third was charged with burglarizing the store twice in the last month, authorities charge.

“These gentlemen are tied together,” Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight said. “But how the whole puzzle fits together, we don’t know yet.”

Ahmad M. Nimer, 61, owner of Wings N Things on N.C. 33, was shot and killed Thursday night during an apparent robbery attempt at the store, Knight said.

The store, which was previously called Exum’s Grocery, recently reopened under the new name, the sheriff said.

“Gunfire was exchanged in the business, and (one of the suspects) has a bullet wound in his shoulder,” Knight said.

William Earl Allen Jr., 18, of Tarboro was taken to Heritage Hospital for treatment. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nimer, and he’s being held under no bond.



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