Students say shooting near ECU that injured scientist is concerning

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Students at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine say they were in disbelief about the alert sent out to avoid the 5th Street area Wednesday, which turned out to be due to a shooting.

“I’ve been here for a couple of years and I’ve only had to do it only once or twice so I was like oh my goodness, is it really that close to us,?” Akida Spencer, a Brody School of Medicine student said.

Greenville Police say Andrew Readyoff, a 27-year-old research scientist at ECU, was shot by Savell Hightower Wednesday morning on East 5th Street in Greenville.

Police saw Hightower riding his bicycle on East 5th afterward, and it turned into a shootout between him and the police. He was later arrested.

Readyoff is in stable condition at ECU Health Medical Center and the hospital said in a statement that “his family and loved ones express their deep appreciation for the first responders and police who helped respond to the shooting.”

Brittany Paige, a medical student at ECU, says she’s also grateful for the quick actions of the police.

“I’m glad we have great officers here in this community,” Paige shared.

Hightower is in custody under a $6.175 million bond and faces multiple charges 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 a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Medical student Kyajia Mourning says Wednesday’s violence was a harsh reminder to always be vigilant.

“Just hope that soon all this will come to an end, and we’ll be able to walk the streets and not worry about what could happen and what will happen,” Mourning explained.