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Man, 20, shot to death in Benson

Posted January 21, 2011 6:28 a.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2011 6:29 a.m. EST

— A 20-year-old man was shot and killed in Benson Thursday night, and police have a suspect in custody. 

Montay Lashawn Murphy was shot three times in the torso and was pronounced dead at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield, according to police.

Authorities have not released the suspect's name or a possible motive for the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9 p.m. at the Coats Circle Apartment Complex off North Honeycutt Street. 

“Events of this nature are shocking to a community like Benson. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim," Town Manager Matt Zapp said in a statement. "The Benson Police Department responded immediately to the call and are working diligently to locate any and all parties involved in this case."

Anyone with information is asked to call Benson police at 919-894-2901.