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Wounded Sanford teen dies; gunman apprehended

Posted March 13, 2014

A 15-year-old West Lee Middle School student known as "Junior" was shot four times on Pineland Street in Sanford on March 10, 2014.

— A Sanford teen shot in the face Monday night has died, and a suspect in the shooting has been arrested, police said Thursday.

Officers found the critically wounded 15-year-old in the 500 block of Pineland Street, and he was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

The teen, known in the neighborhood as "Junior," was a student at West Lee Middle School.

Pierre Alexander Amerson, 21, of 2581 Bella Bridge Road in Broadway, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the case. Investigators tracked Amerson to a Fayetteville motel, where he was arrested Thursday afternoon. He was being held without bond in the Lee County jail.

Junior's sister, who declined to give her name, said Amerson had been to the family's house before, and she was unaware of any problems between him and her brother.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 13, 2014

    Awww, prayers for his loved ones.

  • acase27330 Mar 13, 2014

    Here is a link so you can see the suspect: http://tracycarter.blogspot.com/2014/03/sanford-pd-needs-your-help.html

  • Donald Maynor Mar 13, 2014
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    Quick search on google and the suspect was arrested for shooting a person in the leg while robbing them of a money bag. Also arrested for shooting another person in Durham and now he finally killed someone. This was all in the last 26 months. I want that public defender if I ever get in trouble.

  • brandy213122 Mar 13, 2014

    The justice system failed this 15 year old. The suspect had a rap sheet with suspended sentences and never once spent time in prison. I hope his lawyer and the judge who allowed this to happen feel good about themselves.

  • rushbot Mar 13, 2014

    View quoted thread

    if you had actually bothered to read the article you would have read he is wanted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.....which of course means he has a criminal record...

  • katiemain Mar 13, 2014

    That is the victim's picture.

    View quoted thread

  • didisaythat Mar 13, 2014

    what happened to innocent until proven guilty. He should not have his picture on wral because he has not gone to trial yet. Come on where are my bleeding heart peeps to back me up

  • mike275132 Mar 13, 2014

    Police are still searching Thursday for Pierre Alexander Amerson, 21.

    Any bets that this fine NC citizen has a criminal record?

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 13, 2014
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    Rip "junior"

    I agree, put the murderers picture up, gotta be one somewhere since he's already a convicted felon.

  • Boogalooboy Mar 13, 2014

    Lord, please help this world come to it's senses... please, please, please