[UPDATE] Early Morning Shooting in Perry - Family Speaks Out

UPDATED 10-11 AT 1:30PM

The Perry Police Department states that no arrests have been made in the shooting that occurred October 6, but they are following several leads. The Department is not releasing any other information at this time.

Stay with WCTV for updates.


UPDATED 10-07 AT 7:00PM

The family of a man found shot to death inside his home in Perry is speaking out about the mystery surrounding his murder.

Phillip McNeal received a call early Monday morning that most younger brothers never expect. His brother, 47-year-old Eric McNeal, had been found murdered inside his home.

Phillip says for now he's pushed all his emotions to the side until his brother's killer is found.

"I haven't had time to grieve. I'm so into trying to get this thing solved. So once this is over and we can get is solved, I can reflect on a lot of stuff we went through in our lives," said Phillip McNeal.

The call came in to the Perry Police Department around 1 am Monday morning. When they arrived at 1604 South Givens street they found McNeal shot to death inside his home.

Family and friends say McNeal was a friendly person and they can't think of anyone who would want to kill him. But they did admit that even good people can have enemies.

"We used to tell him that everybody is not your friend but he just felt like everybody was his friend so he was a very trusting person," said McNeal.

"Its people that envied him and were jealous of him and didn't like him," said Oscar Glenn, a friend of McNeal's.

I spoke with a spokesperson from the Perry Police Department who says they are following leads on suspects right now but would not give any additional information about the investigation.

McNeal's brother says his body is currently at Evan Walkers funeral home and they've made plans to bury him next Saturday in Perry.

And this shooting comes just days after another shooting in Perry, just blocks away.
Updated 10-6 6:33pm

A deadly shooting in Perry; this one comes just five days after the last shooting.

Perry resident Betty McNair said, "Somebody came to my house and knocked on my door. I jumped straight up."

McNair sat around a yard fire in the middle of the night because she says she couldn't go back to sleep.

That knock on the door was to tell her that 47-year-old Eric McNeal had been killed just a couple of houses down.

"Ooh, my heart is in my lap." Said, McNair.

Police say they were called to 1604 South Givens Street around 1:00 Wednesday morning.

They say McNeal had been shot and that he died inside of the home. At this time, police aren't releasing any details as to how it happened, exactly where it happened, or who may have pulled the trigger.

McNair said, "I got children, I got nephews and nieces. Everybody here got children around here. It's sad how things are going on. L4 That's my cousin. It's sad."

Annetta Davis says McNeal was an old classmate and that she'd known him all her life.

Davis said, "He was an easy, sweet, nice, any-way-he-can-help-you person. He kept a smile on his face. To just kill him like that; it's beyond me to ever understand."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab was at the home for hours processing the scene.

Neighbors, too, seek answers.

"I can't see a reason why they just would want to kill him." Said, Davis.

Residents say they hope that which was done in the dark, soon comes to light.

Police say they do have people cooperating with the investigation and say information has proved to be viable, but at this time, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with additional information on this shooting is asked to call the Perry Police Department at 850-584-5121.

[UPDATE] 10-6 12:50PM

The Perry Police Department issued the following release:

At approximately 1:00 am October 6th 2010, the Perry Police Department was dispatched to the scene of a shooting incident at 1604 S given Street, an address within the city limits of Perry, Florida. Upon arrival, responding officers determined that the residence was a crime scene and located a deceased person in the residence. It was determined that the deceased person was a victim of a violent encounter and had received injuries that were incapable of sustaining life. The residence was immediately secured and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab was contacted to assist in processing the crime scene.

The victim in this crime is Eric McNeal, 47 (A picture of the victim has been included).

As more information becomes available it will be released.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Perry Police Department at (850)584-5121


Perry, Florida --

Authorities were on-scene at a home in Perry early this morning.

Perry Police would not tell our reporter on the scene any information as to what happened.

Crime scene tape blocks off the home as a forensics officer with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement appears to be processing the area.

An officer did say that whatever the incident is happened after midnight.

WCTV will give an update as soon as authorities release information.

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  • by SADDEN BY THE NEW PERRY Location: AROUND on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    this is such a tragedy, the people of perry need to try and take back their hometown, I was borned and raised there, I can remember when the only fights that was there was the ones you fought with your fists and if you won, you won, there was no killing each other. this small community have been the home of some senseless killings that have not been solved or have been ruled justified homicide. Until someone is held accountable for there actions, the killings are going to continue to happen, these WANNA BE THUGS, have been given the impression that the LAW is not going to do anything about it so why not kill people. The BLACK on BLACK crimes have got to stop. We as community need to take back our streets, so that our kids can feel safe. It has to start somewhere, stop sitting around and complaining and start to make a change, there's no activities in Perry for the younger generation to be involved in so they have no choice but to turn to the streets. Get up and make a difference.
  • by Anonymous Location: Perry on Oct 11, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    First of all I would like to say that I am deeply saddened by the loss of someones life. I would also like to take the opportunity to comment about the drugs in Taylor County, Not saying that this was the case here, just replying to the comments. The drug problem in Perry is not going to go away until a new Sheriff is elected and the County Government puts a stop to the camper trailers that are tucked away in the woods around the County manufacturing the stuff. In my opinion and from what I have witnessed is, The Sheriff sits down to a meal at the local restaraunts with one of the biggest drug dealers and knows exactly what is going on and waits until the deliveries are made on the West side of town, and then has his drug task force watches for buys. Hmmmm!!! sounds like a monopoly to me??????
  • by econfina Location: econfina on Oct 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    According to law enforcement figures provided to FDLE (by the Perry PD and Taylor Co. SO) reflects that crime is down in Taylor County. An audit of the figures is desperatly needed to reflect the correct crime rate, then, perhaps, my hometown would receive some funding for staffing and most of all training for these Barney Fifes.
  • by Anonymous Location: TAlahassee on Oct 11, 2010 at 09:02 AM
  • by outside looking in Location: ga on Oct 9, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    kill kill kill is that the answer......she is not the victim, she probably did it or helped
  • by Not afraid Location: dont matter on Oct 7, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    You all Pray for the family that losted a love one, no matter what, they need prayer. God will prevail.Lets strive to be positive instead of negative.
  • by WORRIED on Oct 7, 2010 at 06:55 AM
  • by popa Location: perry on Oct 7, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    Reading the comments it seems al are looking to put the blame on something."Be real" comments are on track. Drugs are a problem but so is the attitudes of a lot of people. If they can't get something for free then,they just take it and have no remorse of the consequence of their actions. Change has to start at home. Raise your kids to understand the meaning of life and what you put in it you will get back. God Bless the family.
  • by CHRISTINA Location: PERRY on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:21 PM
  • by encouragement on Oct 6, 2010 at 07:57 PM
    i am from Perry and i am going to go down there to see my family every chance i get i am not going to get on here and put it down, because i was born and raised there, it is not the town, people just need to pray without ceasing and really turn to the lord, he knew the beginning and he sure knows the end.
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