Argument leads to shooting death

By: Staff report
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LUMBERTON — A 23-year-old Lumberton man is facing a murder charge after a dispute on Wednesday ended with his first cousin dead.

Eric Neil Hammonds, of 375 River Ridge Road, is charged with second-degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, according to sheriff’s Maj. Damien McLean. Hammonds was placed in the Robeson County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday to 2309 U.S. 74 West in regard to a person being shot, according to a statement from McLean. They found Anthony Lynn Carter, 29, of that address, inside his home suffering with a gunshot wound.

Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said Carter was killed by a shotgun blast to his chest.

An investigation showed that Carter and Hammonds, who are first cousins, had gotten into an argument, according to McLean.

The case is being investigated by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office’s Homicide and Criminal Investigations divisions. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 910-671-3100.

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Staff report