B Street/Herrington Road

The intersection of B Street and Herrington Road in Elizabeth City is shown around 11 a.m., Wednesday. Police said a 21-year-old city man was shot to death in the area hours earlier.

For the second time in nine days, Elizabeth City police are investigating a fatal shooting.

Police said Daquan Mercer, 21, of the 200 block of Rhonda Drive, was found shot to death early Wednesday morning.

According to a press release, police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Herrington Road and B Street around 1:10 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found Mercer lying in a grassy area. He had already died after suffering several gunshot wounds, police said.

Police released no other details.

They are also investigating the shooting death of William Leigh Norman Jr. on May 31.

According to police, Norman, 36, of the 160 block of Lois Lane, Plymouth, was found at 611 S. Martin Luther King Drive around 1:24 a.m. after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He died later at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.


The address where Norman was found is the property of American Legion Post 223. Police have not released any other details about their investigation of Norman’s death and a member of the American Legion told The Daily Advance this week members haven’t been told anything about it either.

Mercer’s shooting also follows by a little over a day an incident in which a motorist was hit by gunfire as he drove along Roanoke Avenue.

Police said Isaiah Matthew Zimmerman, 20, of the 100 block of Mackey Drive, told police he was driving near the Han-Dee Hugo convenience store on Roanoke Avenue Monday sometime just after 8 p.m. when he heard a gunshot and felt something hit him in the back.

Zimmerman drove himself to Sentara Albemarle and was treated for the gunshot to his back, police said.

Asked if there was any connection between the shootings, Deputy police Chief James Avens said Wednesday “the three incidents are all active investigations.”

He urged anyone with information about the deaths of Mercer or Norman or Zimmerman’s shooting to call police at (252) 335-4321 or the Crime Line at (252) 355-5555. All information received will remain anonymous and strictly confidential, he said.