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Man wanted in Sampson slaying surrenders

Posted July 1, 2008

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— A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting early Tuesday surrendered to Sampson County authorities Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Cromartie, 28, emerged from a woodline on Vineyard Road, between Hobbs Road and Big Piney Grove Road, shortly after noon and was taken into custody, authorities said.

He was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and was being held in the Sampson County Detention Center without bond.

Sampson County deputies responded to a reported shooting at 962 Garland Airport Road in Garland at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They found the body of Gabriel Ishmael Kerr, 22, of Harrells, in the backyard. Blood was around his body, and he didn't have a pulse, authorities said.

Preliminary reports indicated that Kerr and Cromartie got into an argument that escalated into gunfire, authorities said.


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  • luckygrlkat Jul 1, 2008

    ya'll trip me out man

  • dplowman Jul 1, 2008

    Why didnt they keep him when they took his photo?

  • TheAdmiral Jul 1, 2008

    I guess he is a happy murderer.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jul 1, 2008

    nice photo, only two ways to get that...he's ALREADY BEEN THERE, or this is a nice wedding photo.....keep letting em go.

  • jackadoo Jul 1, 2008

    yep, wonder how they already had a mug shot.

  • whatusay Jul 1, 2008

    He can most likely be found in NJ, or NYC.

  • Harrison Bergeron Jul 1, 2008

    Smile for your mugshot!

  • TStills Jul 1, 2008

    5'4" and a buck twenty!?? Something tells me all the gunplay and other assorted crimes are a result of "little man's" disease.

  • maxpower Jul 1, 2008

    Those guys from Sampson County will find him and wipe that smile right off his ugly face.

  • frayedknot Jul 1, 2008


    A fine person, indeed...