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Wayne County Shooting Suspect Caught In Alamance County

Posted March 8, 2004

— A statewide dragnet nabbed a Wayne County shooting suspect nearly 100 miles away from his home Sunday.

Wayne County deputies believe Abraham Padilla shot and killed Carlos Guerrero-Venegas late Saturday night in Goldsboro. After receiving a tip that Padilla could be heading west in a taxicab, they asked agencies along I-40 to keep an eye out for him.

Padilla was arrested Sunday in Alamance County after police there stopped a taxi he was riding in in Graham. Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said Padilla was being treated for a gunshot wound he received Saturday night, then will be released and charged with voluntary manslaughter.

The search for Padilla began after Winders' office received a 911 call shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday stating a person had been shot in the chest on Kingdom Lane in Goldsboro. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Guerrero-Venegas, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead on arrival at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

A preliminary investigation by deputies revealed that an altercation occurred between two groups of people at the mobile home park and that the alleged shooter also had been shot while struggling with the victim. The shooter was identified as Padilla.

Padilla was located after someone saw Padilla's picture on a local television station and called authorities.

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