LUMBERTON — A traffic stop Thursday afternoon led authorities to a man wanted for attempted murder since February.
A Lumberton police officer stopped the vehicle at East Fifth Street and Old Whiteville Road at about 4:30 p.m. and “smelled an odor of marijuana in the vehicle,” according to Maj. Tommy Barnes.
“At that time a passenger in the back of the car jumped and ran and it just so happened that another officer was right there,” Barnes said. The officer chased down 22-year-old Damion McCormick, who tossed a .38-caliber revolver on top of a building during the pursuit.
Police then found that McCormick was wanted for shooting William Washington on Feb. 20.
McCormick was charged by Lumberton police with carrying a concealed weapon, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then turned over to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, who charged him with attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injuries.
McCormick is accused of shooting Washington with a revolver at Washington’s home on N.C. 211 East in Lumberton, according to a police report filed by Deputy G.B. Paul.
The report said McCormick’s mother and others were inside the home eating when McCormick knocked on the door. Washington told him to come into the kitchen to talk and then the two went out on the back porch.
“They were arguing and then William yelled that [McCormick] had a gun,” Paul said in the report. Washington told Paul he then heard three shots and yelled “he has shot me and then told his mother to call 911.”
McCormick has been placed at the Robeson County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.
The Sheriff’s Office lists McCormick’s address as Oxford Road in Rowland while Lumberton police listed Woodlea Drive in Greensboro. The discarded revolver was recovered.