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Argument during dinner party preceded deadly shooting

Steven Craig Long (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office) Steven Craig Long (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

An argument between friends at a dinner party preceded a deadly 2016 shooting in Columbus County, a medical examiner's report released Thursday revealed.

Steven Craig Long, 47, is charged with murder in the Sept. 24, 2016, killing of his friend, Bobby Lee Sessoms, 44, of Clarkton.

Sessoms and his wife had gone to Long’s home on Ben Jones Road to have dinner, according to the report.

“They were drinking and mouthing at each other,” the medical examiner states in the report. “[The] argument got worse. Other man went into another room, came back with pistol and started shooting.”

Sessoms’ wife called 911 and emergency crews attempted life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead at Columbus Regional Healthcare.

Long was arrested at the scene and placed in the Columbus County Detention Center. He remains in jail with bail set at $2.5 million.

The medical examiner listed Sessoms’ cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds of the torso and left arm. Toxicology results indicate that at the time of his death, Sessoms had a blood-alcohol content of .25 percent.

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