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2 Killed, 4 Injured During Party Shootout

Posted February 24, 2008
Updated February 29, 2008

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— An argument over a card game escalated into a shooting that left two men dead and four others injured in Sampson County, the sheriff's office said.

All those involved in the shooting were attending a party at 1135 Old U.S. Highway 701, between Garland and Clinton, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said. At some point, five men and a teenage boy began fighting.

"They were all gathered behind this trailer, and (there) had been some drinking going on," Thornton said. "And apparently, an argument took place, and (they) started shooting each other."

A call about the shooting came in at 1:05 a.m., and deputies found the men and a 15-year-old with gunshot wounds in the back yard of the house, Capt. Eric Pope said.

Sergio Cruz Rojas, 31, and Humberto Sanchez, 36, both of Clinton, were later pronounced dead at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton.

Deputies identified the three injured men as Jose Delacruz Santibanez, 49, Jose Santivanez, 24, and Estaban Majia, 35, all of Clinton. The name of the 15-year-old boy was withheld.

Thornton said investigators were confident that no one else at the party, except the injured and deceased, was involved in the shooting. Deputies were not sure which of the six men were the shooters.

 

A shotgun, 9mm handgun and rifle were used to fire dozens of bullets, Thornton said.

“It feels awful. It feels terrible that it’s happening right here in the neighborhood,” Susan Williams said.

Williams lives only a few hundred yards away from the house where the shootout occurred. She heard the gunshots but admits, gunfire is not unusual in the neighborhood.

“I heard about four (guns) go off and then after that four, I didn't pay any more attention to it,” she said. “About every night, you can come out here and hear them (guns) going off.”

The four survivors of the shooting were listed in stable condition Sunday, Pope said.

One survivor was hospitalized at Sampson Regional Medical Center, and three others were taken to Bladen County Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. From Bladen, one injured person was transferred to Duke University Hospital, and two to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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  • Dayum Sessy Feb 25, 2008

    " had been some drinking going on "

    OH Im SURE it was more then jus SOME drinking going on

  • Thinkb4uspeak Feb 25, 2008

    Legal or not 2 people were killed and 4 injured.

    And that is the issue here. Not their status.

  • RIP- Yogi Bear Feb 25, 2008

    Legal or not 2 people were killed and 4 injured.

  • Thinkb4uspeak Feb 25, 2008

    I was actually curious about their status. I never said they were illegal. What do you think? Do you think they are illegal ThinkB4youspeak? Hey.... maybe you should READ before you speak.
    MrCritic

    I apologize, I'll try to do better. Though I won't speculate as to their status because this article lends no support for either claim. The facts presented in this article gave me no reason to question their status. The names being of hispanic origin is enough for many to question their rights as a citizen, not me. Legal or illegal still remains to be seen.

  • Thinkb4uspeak Feb 25, 2008

    if they are stupid enough to be getting drunk and handling guns behind a trailor after midnight, I'd say they were probably not smart enough to come into the US legally. It's not quite evidence, but a fair assumption I think.

    There hae been far more legal citizens to get drunk and handle firearms irresonsibly. What does that have to do with their status?

  • Squeek Feb 25, 2008

    Thinkb4youspeak, if they are stupid enough to be getting drunk and handling guns behind a trailor after midnight, I'd say they were probably not smart enough to come into the US legally. It's not quite evidence, but a fair assumption I think.

  • RIP- Yogi Bear Feb 25, 2008

    Thinkb4uspeak- It's not rocket science that majority of the hispanic population is here illegally. So I'm sticking with statistics on this one.

  • Tripwire Feb 25, 2008

    Well unless they are fine upstanding citizens with great jobs and full coverage insurance(yea right) then I would guess that you and I will be paying for the medical bills.

  • mrcritic Feb 25, 2008

    I was actually curious about their status. I never said they were illegal. What do you think? Do you think they are illegal ThinkB4youspeak? Hey.... maybe you should READ before you speak.

  • obs Feb 25, 2008

    So who pays the 6-7 figure medical bills for this mess?

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