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LAURINBURG — A 15-year-old was struck multiple times during a drive-by shooting on Saturday while walking with three other young men on Maple Street, according to a statement from the Laurinburg Police Department.

Amming Tyrek Harrison, of 319 Willow Drive, died the next day.

Harrison had been shot multiple times and was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital where investigators interviewed him to find out what happened. Officers also interviewed witnesses at the scene of the crime.

Assistant Laurinburg Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said that the police department was informed on Sunday that Harrison had died at 5:34 a.m.

“It’s senseless,” Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams said. “It’s a senseless act. A young man lost his life unnecessarily — we’re praying for his family.”

Harrison and three young men were walking on Maple Street at approximately 9:24 p.m. when a white Lincoln approached the group and shots were fired from inside the car, according to the statement. Harrison was found lying next to the street at the curb when they arrived, according to Sessoms. The other three ran from the scene and didn’t go back to speak with officers after the gunfire.

“It’s a bad situation when our young men are out here shooting each other over meaningless things,” William said.

During the investigation authorities found that one of the three men that were walking with Harrison, Dyrek McDonald, 17, of Alpha Street, had been shot in the leg and would not contact the officers. McDonald refused to seek medical treatment until after investigators spoke with him on Sunday. He was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital for treatment.

“We have victims that don’t want our help,” said Williams. “They prefer retaliation over justice and that’s not the right way to do things. We need the community and those who know anything about this incident to contact the police department.”

Williams said the authorities are “going to press on” with solving the investigation and bringing the criminals to justice.

Officers also found a vehicle that had been struck by several bullets fired from the Lincoln on Maple Street.

Anyone with information can contact the Laurinburg Police Department at 910-276-3211.

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