A Charlotte man was indicted Monday in last year’s fatal shooting of a Winston-Salem State University student, an incident that led to a lockdown of the school’s campus for more than three hours.
Jarrett Jerome Moore, 22, was indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on charges of murder and discharging a firearm on educational property. Moore is accused of fatally shooting Anthony White Jr. on Nov. 1, 2015.
The shooting happened at 1:20 a.m. in Lot W near Wilson Hall and Gleason-Hairston Terrace on the school’s property. The campus was on lockdown from 1:30 a.m. to 4:50 a.m. the morning of the shooting. Moore, a former WSSU student, was arrested in Charlotte the next day on unrelated charges.
White was majoring in information technology at WSSU and had played football at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea, S.C. Family members said he chose to not play sports at WSSU and focus on academics.
According to a search warrant, Winston-Salem police said the shooting happened after Moore and White got into an argument with another WSSU student, Troy Bowden, over a bottle of liquor and a cellphone charger.
Bowden had come to Wilson Hall to meet with two female students. White and Moore, who apparently knew each other, tried to get into Wilson Hall to meet with Bowden, but university police wouldn’t let them in because they didn’t have identification, the search warrant said.
Later, Bowden and the two female students came out of Wilson Hall, and that’s when the three men got into an argument. According to the search warrant, Moore pulled out a gun and shot Bowden and White. When Winston-Salem police arrived, they found Bowden in Wilson Hall with a gunshot wound above his left eye. Wilson was found in the parking lot between Wilson Hall and Gleason-Hairston Terrace with a gunshot wound to his head. Wilson died at the scene. Bowden was treated for non-life-threatening wounds.
Winston-Salem police interviewed Moore in Charlotte. Moore initially denied involvement but later admitted that he shot White, the search warrant said. He told police, according to the search warrant, that White gave him a gun and told him to “handle it.” Moore said he went over to Bowden to hit him in the head with the gun but that the gun accidentally fired.
Moore told police that he never meant for White or Bowden to be shot.
Moore is not charged with Bowden’s shooting. It’s not clear why, and Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill has said he could not comment on a pending case because of the Rules of Professional Responsibility.
Moore has had several run-ins with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and was charged in connection with another shooting that happened three days before the killing at WSSU. Moore left WSSU after the 2014-15 academic year.
He is scheduled to appear in Forsyth District Court on July 13, 2017. That date is likely to change. His indictment means that his case has been transferred to Forsyth Superior Court and there will be a new court date as a result. No trial date has been set. He is in the Forsyth County Jail with no bond allowed.