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Deputies seek suspect in Sampson County nightclub shooting

Posted June 27, 2010

— Sampson County sheriff's deputies are looking for a Clinton man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting early Sunday at a nightclub.

Deputies said Devante Rashawn Dixon, 22, of Clinton, shot and killed Christopher Romaine Jones at the Pumphouse club near Turkey.

A private party was taking place at the Wilmington Road club when Jones was shot at about 4:30 a.m.

Deputies said someone at the party transported Jones to Sampson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Warrants for murder and possession of a firearm by a felon were issued Sunday for Dixon, deputies said.

Dixon is described as a black man, approximately 6 feet tall with “tear drop” tattoos under his right eye. He is possibly armed and considered dangerous, deputies said.

Anyone with information on Dixon's whereabouts is asked to call the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141.


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  • bratslove7244 Jun 29, 2010

    My comment may not be posted but i can care less. Dixon and Jones was friends i just seen both of them last week talking at a local store in clinton. I blame the police for not shutting down "HOLES IN THE WALLS" These are are not nightclubs! They are old houses,trailers, barns in the back of ppl yards where they charge five $ to get in. They dont check IDs. they dnt have security. they sell drinks without licenses (mostly to under age) and they are usually out of city limits but are open every weekend. Since 2006 I've lost 6 cousins and so many many friends at these spots. Do the law enforcement care? hell no! Now am anger my friend is dead n another one is to blame but ppl are not gonna tell what really happen it goes against the law of the streets NO SNITCHING, and since everybody and their momma knows dixon they gonna call his name cuz of his record and they dnt want the drug dealers involved to get locked up or have someone come shoot their house up so they go along with the story

  • bratslove7244 Jun 29, 2010

    Have you ever heard don't judge a book by its cover? Those tear drops represent " two tears in a bucket", For which his brother Herbert Dixon III (was to be drafted, family awarded 50 million for his death) was killed in a club in the same sense. One tear for his brother life another one for the life his family loss. If he had killed two ppl he would still be in prison! (DUH) Second who are yall to judge you cant believe everything you hear nor see on tv.
    From my understanding him and another man was arguing ova his children's mother when that man pulled out a gun and started shooting..........dixon returned fire and from there all resources said more then 4 other men started shooting. Chris was a friend of mine, a father of 1 and was home from college on summer vocation. Also a friend of dixion, so it makes no sense. everybody is subject to a fair and speedy trial and he will not receive that here in sampson county just because of his run in with the law.

  • colliedave Jun 28, 2010

    Dixon is described as a black man, approximately 6 feet tall with “tear drop” tattoos under his right eye.

    Yep, the tear indicates he has killed before. He seems to be the perfact candidate for the dirt nap.

  • kingtee76 Jun 28, 2010

    This young man needs to be taken off the streets. I work with troubled teens and according to them 'tear drops' tattooes are an indication that one has a body (has killed before) so this fellows needs to be found IMMEDIATELY.