06/28/14 — GPD makes arrest in shooting

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GPD makes arrest in shooting

By John Joyce
Published in News on June 28, 2014 10:39 PM

The Goldsboro Police Department announced an arrest Friday in the May 21 shooting of Corey Ramone Best Jr.

Best is the nephew of the late Doral Deangelo Best, 42, who was shot and killed outside his home at 101 Ervin Drive May 13.

At the time of the younger Best's shooting, the police said that the two incidents were likely related.

Jermel Marcel Wallace, 22, 622 S. Madison Drive, is charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, three counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of injury to personal property.

According to a press release issued Friday by police, Wallace shot Best in the 300 block of Herman Street at about 5:30 p.m. while he was riding in a vehicle with another man.

Bullets allegedly fired from Wallace's gun also caused damage to nearby residences and another vehicle.

Best recovered from his injuries.

Wallace is also charged with one count of assault by strangulation, one count of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon -- all of which stem from an incident that allegedly took place just one day prior to his arrest on Friday.

Ronesh Newkirk, 22, reported to the Goldsboro Police Department Thursday that Wallace physically assaulted her and then pointed a gun at her and would not let her leave.

This incident took place inside the suspect's home around noon Thursday, according to a police report.

Newkirk told police Wallace punched her in the left side of her face, then got on top of her and strangled her until she lost consciousness.

She said she woke up to Wallace pointing a gun at her. A short time later she was able to escape the residence and contact police.

Wallace is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail under a $586,000 secured bond.

Additional charges are expected to be brought against Wallace and other suspects.