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Sampson deputies searching for homicide suspect

Posted May 11, 2013
Updated May 12, 2013

— Sampson County sheriff's deputies were searching Sunday for a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Magnolia Saturday afternoon. 

Deputies responding to 33 Garcie Family Lane about 4:30 p.m. found Margarito Perez-Lopes. CPR was performed by bystanders, but Perez-Lopez died on the scene.

Deputies said Perez-Lopez was involved in a verbal argument with another man when gunfire erupted. The suspect fled the scene in a small brown passenger van, heading toward Duplin County. 

Witnesses identified the suspect as Noe Garcia Luna, 45. He is described as a white male of Hispanic decent, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, deputies said. 

A warrant for Luna's arrest was issued Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sampson County Sheriff's Office at 910-592-4141.

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