LUMBERTON — Nearly seven weeks after a Bladen County man was killed at a Lumberton club, Gov. Pat McCrory announced that a cash reward would be offered for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.
The state will reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting Samuel Anthony Lewis to death at Club Kalipzo on May 31, according to a statement from Erich Hackney, an investigator for the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office. Lewis’ friend, Dexter Brooks Jr., was also injured in the shooting.
Nearly everyone at the club, including several security officers, fled the scene immediately, leaving the Lumberton Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office with few witness reports.
Since asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects, little credible information has come in.
“We are grateful that the governor has offered this reward,” Hackney said. “I hope it will be what is needed to bring the case to closure.” Hackney contacted McCrory’s office to request the reward on June 25.
The North Carolina ABC Commission revoked the club’s alcohol permit on June 6, saying it had “a history of trouble” and closing it for 60 days.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 or the District Attorney’s Office at 910-272-6014.