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Suspect named in murder of Fayetteville man found outside business

Police in Fayetteville were searching for clues after a man's body was found outside a business overnight Friday, authorities said.

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Alfred Charles, WRAL.com managing editor,
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Gilbert Baez
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Emmy Victor, WRAL reporters
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville police on Wednesday named a suspect in the slaying last week of a man whose body was found during the overnight hours when a business alarm went off.

Maurice Terrell General, 37, of Fayetteville, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Linwood D. Johnson Jr., 23, also of Fayetteville, police said in a written statement.

Officers found Johnson's body while responding to an alarm at JMJ Wholesale, at 203 Cumberland St., early Friday morning.

Johnson had been shot to death, but investigators have not publicly said what prompted the killing or if the two men knew each other.

Investigators urged those who know General to convince him to turn himself into law enforcement. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

General was last seen driving a dark color Nissan 370-Z convertible with West Virginia license plate 54D900. Police said he is known to frequent the Hillsborough Street area.

The discovery of Johnson's body marked the second time in recent weeks that a body was found in the area.

Police said a body was found across the corner near a strip shopping center named Cross Creek Commons. It was not immediately clear if foul play was involved in that incident.

Police placed yellow crime scene tape around the area and began going door to door as they investigated the incident.

Neighbors told WRAL News that police asked them about Johnson but did not reveal the reason.

"This is crazy 'cause we just seen him the other day," said Yidah Suarez, who lived near Johnson in the Stewart Creek Apartments.

Suarez said Johnson's girlfriend, whom she did not identify, was looking for him at the apartments Thursday night but, after calling his phone and getting no response, gave up and left.

JMJ employee Miguel Robiles was unnerved by the death as well.

"I tell my boss: We're scared out here because this happened at night but maybe this can happen anytime," he said.

Lt. Gary Womble of the Fayetteville Police Department said investigators were looking for available surveillance video from businesses near where Johnson was found for clues.

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