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Shooting may mark end of parties in Bunnlevel

Posted August 3, 2009

— A Bunnlevel shed known as a party spot has drawn the attention of law enforcement after two fatal shootings in two years.

Party shack is site of two shootings in two years Party shack is site of two shootings in two years

Early Sunday morning, deputies responded to a shooting at 587 Nutgrass Road, Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said. When they arrived, they were told the victim had been taken by private vehicle to a hospital. Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn reported that a gunshot victim had been brought there. Tony J. McKoy, 26, of Dunn, died at the hospital, Rollins said.

Neighbors say the backyard shed where McKoy was shot often draws dozens of party-goers on weekend nights.

"Sometimes at night, I can't sleep because the noise is so loud," said neighbor Jeanette McLean. "They just have the music – Boom! boom! boom!"

Investigators determined that about 20 to 30 people were there Saturday night. By the time deputies arrived, most had scattered.

In September 2007, Eric Sinclair Williams, 23, of Spring Lake, was killed when a fight at the shed escalated into gunfire. Two other men were injured.

The property owner said he tore down the building after the 2007 incident. After Sunday, he told WRAL News, he wants to keep the crowds away.

The sheriff's office and the state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are taking steps to break up the party as well. A spokesman said the sheriff's office could file public nuisance charges against the owner.

Investigators have a person of interest in McKoy's death, but have made no arrests, Rollins said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Harnett County Sheriff's Office at 910-893-9111.


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  • creekgirl21 Aug 4, 2009

    This is not a joke...This is a very sensitive issue one of my good friends was killed in 2007, his brother witnessed it all, now his parents are without a son, daughter without a father and a brother who has to live with this for the rest of his life. The thing I cant understand is how they are still operating. Men need to be men and realize that problems are not solved by guns and violence this just create more violence...My prayers are with all families involved. Its been said that you may enter the jup joint woods but your not promised to come out..I hope they close down for good so our community doesnot have to experience anymore senseless acts of violence and the loss of the ones we hold dear.. God Rest you soul "E"!

  • GravyPig Aug 3, 2009

    I guess he needs a professional to knock the shed down. It appears that he doesn't know proper demolition.

  • dugmeister Aug 3, 2009

    where am I going to go party now? dang it.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Aug 3, 2009

    Love Shack! Tin roof. Rusted!

  • jockeyshiftspringer Aug 3, 2009

    Deep Thought, that's my question. If the property owner was trying to keep the crowds away, where has he been since 2007? Did he not notice a new building? Sound like some pieces are missing.

  • Deep Thought Aug 3, 2009

    If the owner torn it down after the 2007 shooting, who put it back up?

  • candoitlikeme2 Aug 3, 2009

    Sounds like a liquor house....

  • ABM Aug 3, 2009

    Cant be too much of a party, with Level Bunns!! LOL

  • mac240 Aug 3, 2009

    LE agencies know all about these places, they just turn the other cheek. But, as a law abiding citizen, I would rather have these knuckle heads killing each other at these “Gatherings” and not roaming the streets killing innocent people.

  • Rdi73162 Aug 3, 2009

    nothing good can possibly come from "gathering" at 3am !!!!!