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Clerk killed, another injured in shooting at Johnston County convenience store

Posted October 28, 2016

One clerk was killed and another was injured late Thursday night in a shooting at the Shop N Go convenience store on N.C. Highway 39 in Johnston County, according to the sheriff's office.
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— One clerk was killed and another was injured late Thursday night in a shooting at the Shop N Go convenience store on N.C. Highway 39 in Johnston County, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies called to the store shortly after 11 p.m. found Al Shami Esmail, 29, dead inside. Ricky Lynch, 51, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to WakeMed.

The sheriff's office said video footage from the store show two masked people entering the store and robbing the clerk. During the robbery, the suspects fired gunshots and then quickly left the store.

They fled the area in a dark-colored sedan.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Johnston County Sheriff's Office at 919-989-5010.


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  • Clarence Drumgoole Oct 28, 4:01 p.m.
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    Animals? What type of society, create such animals? We are a product of our own tolerance, corruptness, racial hatred! And yes, we all have souls!

  • Reggie Berryman Oct 28, 3:48 p.m.
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    It amazes me how these animals can kill and maim people just just doing their job, but when they're caught...It's all about trying to save their miserable souls! Enough is enough...Instant death is all they deserve!

  • Edward Anderson Oct 28, 2:43 p.m.
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    So sad that hard-working people can't afford to see a doctor while inmates get free healthcare. Plus gyms and food and heat/air and education and tv and on and on and on. What the heck is wrong with this country?!?! Why isn't this a campaign issue anywhere except Arizona (Joe Arpaio)?

  • Deborah Turner Oct 28, 1:40 p.m.
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    We have more crime. In mates in this nation are given free housing and clothing, free dental,free medical treatment, and a lot better diet than most people in China, India,or Africa. Why should America's criminals mind going to prison ? ALL AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. The guy they killed was trying to make an honest living.

  • Scott Boykin Oct 28, 1:28 p.m.
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    Not locking up the wrong people... Too lenient in letting criminals sit in jail. The other countries you listed, especially China, do not tolerate severe crimes. Drug trafficking and Murder are punishable by death. They don't get "life" in prison, multiple appeals, potential parole... they are put to death. Also I would say this is a very good deterrent to other citizens not to commit crimes. Something for the US to think about... Look at our situation... Get caught selling drugs.... get put in jail for a couple of years... work out, good meals, watch tv (all for free I might add). get out... commit same crime, put back in jail. There is no "harsh" penalty for crimes committed. The only people that are put on death row are the worst of the worst. Even then it is tough to get a death penalty conviction...

    The ACLU will block any attempt to raise severity, "cause we are more civilized" than that....

  • Rod Runner Oct 28, 12:41 p.m.
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    We have more people in prison than any other country in the world. More than India and China who have over triple the population that we have and you say we're protecting the criminal element?

    Maybe we are locking up the wrong people, but protecting criminals? Hardly.

  • Daryl Hales Oct 28, 12:24 p.m.
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    So sad. Really nice guy, always friendly and smiling. It's really a shame that 2 low life criminals are willing to kill someone over a few dollars. Prayers for his family and also for Ricky's speedy recovery.

  • James Jones Oct 28, 11:39 a.m.
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    Keep voting for liberals who support criminal activity buy reducing sentience time always blaming the other person for the criminals direction in life they choose.

  • Sean Creasy Oct 28, 11:09 a.m.
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    Seems like the same thing happened at the same store just a few years ago...

  • Barney Gravel Oct 28, 11:01 a.m.
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    Look at Hillary's TV ad, and see where she stands on the Progress we made in the last six years.