LUMBERTON — A 20-year-old Lumberton man who has a long history of being charged with violent crimes has been arrested for first-degree murder in a shooting death that occurred on Sunday.
Shilec Rothwell, of 3587 Dallas Road, was charged Tuesday with the murder of 61-year-old Willie Manning, of 135 Stealth Drive, Maxton, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.
Rothwell, whose four-page criminal record dates back to 2008, was also charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious bodily injury, felonious breaking and entering, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Manning died from multiple gunshot wounds Sunday night, according to sheriff’s Capt. Anthony Thompson. A second person, Daniel McLaughlin, 54, of the same address, underwent emergency surgery after suffering gunshot wounds and is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Sealey said McLaughlin answered the door to find Rothwell, who was asking for gasoline. The sheriff said McLaughlin was in the kitchen looking for a container to hold the gasoline when Rothwell broke into the home and shots were fired.
James Obershea, a homicide detective, made the arrest. Sealey said the investigation is continuing, and lawmen are looking for two more people whom they believe were with Rothwell.
Rothwell’s criminal history includes pending charges for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and assault inflicting serious injury, but he was free on bail. His bonds for during 2012 totaled $125,500.