Greenville police chief meets with ECU research scientist shot last week

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville’s police chief spent some time Thursday meeting with the victim of a broad daylight shooting from last week.

Police shared a photo of Chief Ted Sauls’ meeting with Andrew Readyoff and details of their discussion.

Readyoff, a 27-year-old research scientist at ECU, was shot seven times on East 5th Street near Wahl-Coates Elementary School back on February 28th.

“Despite the enormous amount of stress and trauma he was under, it was Andrew who called 9-1-1. We were amazed, given the circumstances, at not only how he was able to keep his composure, but also the extreme amount of detail he was able to relay to first responders, which ultimately led to our officers’ quick apprehension of the suspect,” police say.

Police said Sauls met with Readyoff to recognize him for his bravery and believe that his actions that day prevented further tragedy and saved the lives of others.

“You’re a hero, Andrew. Wishing you a speedy recovery!” the post says.

The suspected gunman, 38-year-old Savell Hightower has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by felon and possession of a stolen firearm.