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Lumberton man charged with killing neighbor, injuring three others

Posted June 12, 2011 12:31 p.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2011 3:01 p.m. EDT

— A Lumberton man shot two men and two women who lived on his street Friday night, killing one man, according to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that John Wesley Faircloth Jr., 45, went to the home of Halliway and Mildred Phipps at 349 Wilkerson Drive around 11:30 p.m. When Halliway Phipps, 49, stepped outside to speak with Faircloth, he shot his neighbor, the sheriff said.

Mildred Phipps and another couple, Tammy and Kenneth Hammonds, rushed outside the house, and Fairclth also opened fired on them, Sealey said.

Halliway Phipps died of his injuries.

Mildred Phipps, Tammy Hammonds, 48, and Kenneth Hammonds, 55, were being treated at local hospitals.

Deputies arrested Faircloth in Whiteville Saturday evening, Sealey said.

He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in Robeson County jail.

Sealey said investigators have not determined a motive in the shooting.

Faircloth has convictions for drug trafficking and possession from the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to state Department of Correction records.