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Second Suspect Arrested In Hope Mills Shootings

Posted March 29, 2006

— Cumberland County authorities have arrested a second person in a Monday night shooting that left one man dead and five others injured.

Jonte Devon McLaurin, 18, of Fayetteville, was taken into custody around 2 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the death of 21-year-old Johnathan Lee of Hope Mills.

Ryan Omar Simmons, 18, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday evening, and is also charged with first-degree murder.

Lee, a junior at Fayetteville State University, had been arrested for misdemeanors in the past, although it was not immediately known whether he was ever convicted on any of the charges. Investigators would not say if they believe his past played a role in his death. Authorities, however, are looking into whether the shooting may have been gang-related.

The five people shot during the altercation sustained various wounds and are recovering from their injuries. Two of those injured are teens.

McLaurin is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.


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