WALLACE, NC (WECT) - Wallace police are investigating after two men were shot to death Sunday.
According to Wallace Police Chief Tray Giddeons, the Duplin County dispatch center received a call from a woman around 3:30 p.m. who said she and her 10-year-old son found her husband, Walter West, 44, unresponsive on the floor of their home in the 200 block of Raleigh Road. Dispatchers also received several calls from neighbors who stated they heard gunshots and loud voices.
Wallace police responded and found West with several gunshot wounds. Duplin EMS pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Wallace Police Investigators and SBI agents conducted numerous interviews, and identified and interviewed a person of interest. No arrests have been made at this time.
Then, at around 10:40 p.m., the Duplin County 911 received a call in reference to shots fired at the Fast Lane convenience store located on NC Hwy 41 West.
Upon arrival, Wallace police found Michael J. Lamb, 25, with gunshot wounds to his head and chest.
Lamb was reportedly having a conversation with a power company employee when a masked man ran up and shot him.
After shooting Lamb, the suspect ran from the scene towards Raleigh Road, and is considered at large. He was wearing a black hoodie at the time of the incident, and is described as having a short and stocky build.
Duplin EMS took Lamb to Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, where he was later pronounced dead.
The SBI was called to investigate Lamb's murder as well.
Despite the fact the victims were friends, Tray Giddeons said it is doubtful the two shootings are connected, but they are not ruling it out, according to WITN.
The distance between the two homicide locations is less than half a mile apart. Officials said they had not finished the investigation of the homicide on Raleigh Road when news of the incident at the Fast Lane store was reported.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Wallace Police Department, where they can remain anonymous.