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Lejeune Marine accused of shooting man in stomach with shotgun

Peter Anthony Stellato
Peter Anthony Stellato. Photo: Police Department

Conflicting statements lead to a New River Air Station  being charged nearly eight months after a shooting, authorities say.

Peter Anthony , 23, was arrested Wednesday by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling. He remained in Onslow County Jail Thursday afternoon on a $35,000 secured bond.

Maj. Chris Thomas with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said several individuals had been out Christmas night and returned to a residence on Blossom Court in Maple Hill where  is accused of shooting 21-year-old Kevin Tamayo in the stomach with a 20-gauge shotgun, according to warrants and information from the sheriff’s office.

Naval Criminal Investigative Services assisted in the investigation and contradictory statements were made to sheriff’s detectives and NCIS agents, according to a press release.

“A call came to us about 10 p.m.,” Thomas said. “We received conflicting reports. When the investigation was completed, we determined he should be charged.”

The length of the investigation was determined by Tamayo’s medical condition, Thomas said. Tamayo was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for his injury and has since been released.

 attended his first appearance Thursday and will be represented by Attorney Kyle Fountain, according to court documents. His next court date is Sept. 7.

 Corps officials did not immediately return requests for the military history of  and Tamayo.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Det. M. Gibbs at Michael_gibbs@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2016024971 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Reporter Naomi Whidden can be reached at Naomi.Whidden@JDNews.com or 910-219-8453.


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