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Lumberton store owner kills suspected robber

Posted September 8, 2011

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— A Lumberton store owner shot at two men who were robbing the store Thursday evening, killing one, police said.

Two men went into Westside Seafood and Market, at 309 W. 5th St., shortly after 5 p.m., pulled a handgun on the two employees inside and demanded money, police said. The store owner, who was in another room, confronted the robbers and shot at them twice, police said.

One of the men, identified as Brandon Eddie Wright, collapsed in the parking lot and died, police said. The second man fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police arrived at the store to find the owner holding two people at gunpoint inside. Investigators were questioning them Thursday to determine if they were involved in the robbery.

Investigators also were trying to identify the second robber.

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  • braddavis Sep 15, 2011

    So, who were the two people who the owner was holding at gunpoint? If they were just two innocent customers, do they have any rights...any recourse? Could they have shot back at the owner for unjustly holding them captive with a gun?

    Stupid comment! What would you have done? I would've done the same thing, except hopefully I would've hit both robbers to start with.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 9, 2011

    If the robbers came in armed, this seems like reasonable defense.

    So, who were the two people who the owner was holding at gunpoint? If they were just two innocent customers, do they have any rights...any recourse? Could they have shot back at the owner for unjustly holding them captive with a gun?

  • wa4dou Sep 9, 2011

    It's difficult to feel any sympathy for armed robbers who lose their lives in the process.

  • terribletaste Sep 9, 2011

    Not bad. He got one out of two.

  • sunshine1040 Sep 9, 2011

    Too bad he could not hit the other one hopefully he wounded him to where he will not live to see a trial.Save us all a bunch of money the way he took care of the problem