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Man killed, grandson held at gunpoint in home invasion

Posted August 27, 2014

— Robeson County authorities are investigating the death of a man killed during an invasion at his rural Lumberton home early Wednesday.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said Milton Cummings, 57, of 176 Powhatan Drive, was found dead around 2 a.m. and that the front door of the house had been forced open.

Cummings' mother, his grandson and a family friend were at home when deputies arrived.

Sealey declined to provide any other details about the investigation, saying only that his office is awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Neighbors, however, said two men wearing masks forced themselves inside and that one of them held the grandson at gunpoint while the other took a knife to Cummings' room.

Christopher Locklear, who lives about a block away, said someone at the home called him after the intruders left. Cummings and his room, Locklear said, were covered in blood.

"I couldn’t tell if he had any wounds on his body, because it was covered, but I could see his neck," Locklear said. "That was all I needed. I knew he wouldn't live after the wound he received on his neck."

Although authorities haven't released a motive for the crime sources close to the incident say it was a revenge killing.

People who knew Cummings, like Joseph Locklear, said they find that hard to believe.

"He was a reveal good guy, a good neighbor and a good friend," Joseph Locklear said. "He wasn't a violent person. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and he didn't deserve that."


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  • Ronnie Merritt Aug 29, 2014
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    prayers to the family...

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 29, 2014

    "Actually, he did make that claim" - heelhawk

    I thought he was making that claim about HIS particular houses (i.e. the ones that have had guns for 15 and 20 years).

  • diana123 Aug 28, 2014

    what's with these home invasions?

  • heelhawk Aug 28, 2014

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    Actually, he did make that claim. Read the last 2 sentences of his post - "No one ever got killed because there were guns being owned in the house/s. Stop your fear mongering."

    I'm simply pointing out that having guns in a home has resulted in people being harmed and/or killed. As for the more/less people would have been hurt had there been a gun, that is the hypothetical argument that I don't care to get into. It boils down to opinions as there is no way to put the same person in the same circumstance once with a gun and once without to really know the answer and is therefore speculation.

  • scvmcdoc Aug 28, 2014

    All this talk about how the bad guys are going to take your gun and use it on you. This man was murdered by a KNIFE! Guess it's time to clean out the kitchen folks.....all knives should be banned (as well as rocks)!

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 28, 2014

    "you assertion that no one has ever been killed as a result of a homeowner having a gun in the house is false." - heelhawk

    He didn't make that assertion. He asked for proof that it increases the risk per Grand Union's dubious claim. As 68_dodge_polara pointed out, people have died because they DIDN'T have a gun to protect themselves.

  • dws Aug 27, 2014

    "You don't want to get guns out of the hands of criminals?......weird.
    You do understand that owning a gun simply increases you risk of being killed?"
    — Posted by Grand Union

    I'll continue to "take my chances" owning firearms. After purchasing my first 12 ga shotgun at age 11 from an uncle, I guess I've beat the odds these last 50 years.....imagine that!

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 27, 2014

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    And many people die as a direct result of not being able to protect them selves during a home invasion, but the choice is theirs.

  • Dale Hayden Aug 27, 2014
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    we own guns and there is no one here but my wife and I and a German Shepherd and there are two guns that sit right here beside us all day long when in the house so if you come in uninvited you will be going back out probably not walking but we will be alive and we will shoot first and ask questions later

  • heelhawk Aug 27, 2014

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    Grammar aside, you assertion that no one has ever been killed as a result of a homeowner having a gun in the house is false. While I don't care to jump into a hypothetical debate with you, I can not allow your use of an absolute that isn't true. There have been numerous stories of accidental shootings and weapons turned against their owners. In other words, people have been killed as a direct result of a gun being in the home.