Scotland Neck police Captain Tommy Parker said three shots were fired and two are believed to have struck Willie Solomon Jr. from a 9mm handgun.
The murder occurred in the 700 block of Roanoke Street at a rear apartment shortly before 2:30 this morning.
Parker said alcohol use is suspected. In a statement on the matter he said a suspect has been identified and more information is forthcoming.
Solomon was treated at the scene and taken to Our Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An altercation over an unknown matter led to a fight before the fatal shooting occurred.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with the investigation.