Police body cameras call into question student's story of heroism after shooting at Rocky Mount Chili's

6 June 2022

— Body camera video from police officers who responded to a shooting at a Chili’s restaurant in Rocky Mount refutes the story of heroism as told by a high school senior.

Nash County Public Schools posted to Facebook last week in praise of Mariah Poland, 17, who said that skills learned in a nursing course allowed her to help an employee injured when 25-year-old Nytica Battle fired shots inside the restaurant.

The school district quoted Poland as saying, “I sat down and started eating my cheeseburger and I hear this loud noise. It literally sounded like someone had threw a plate across the restaurant and it just shattered on the floor, and there was just a girl standing there holding a gun pointed at the lady that was bleeding out on the floor.”

Battle was charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and going armed to the terror of the public.

According to Nash County Public Schools, Poland told a teacher that she used gloves, towels and pressure to staunch the bleeding of a Chili’s employee with a bullet wound. That teacher passed the story along to district administrators, who highlighted Poland’s actions in the Facebook post.

Police said the story about Poland was not true and that a different Nash County Public Schools’ student assisted the shooting victim. Police verified the student’s identity by reviewing body camera footage from multiple officers.

The Rocky Mount Police Department requested Nash County Public Schools remove the social media post, and the school district “reached out to Mariah Poland and her family to have a discussion with her about falsifying the story,” the district said on Monday.

The police department said Poland could also face charges. As a witness to the shooting, she could be called as a witness during any trial, and she would face a perjury charge if she lies about her role, police said.

However, a city official who reviewed the body camera footage says it does show that Mariah Poland put on gloves and applied gauze to the gunshot wound of the teenage victim in the Chili’s shooting.

She was not the first person to tend to the victim, but she did respond and apply aid rather than running from the scene.

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