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Man killed, grandson held at gunpoint in home invasion

Posted August 27, 2014 9:24 a.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2014 6:58 p.m. EDT

— Robeson County authorities are investigating the death of a man killed during an invasion at his rural Lumberton home early Wednesday.

Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said Milton Cummings, 57, of 176 Powhatan Drive, was found dead around 2 a.m. and that the front door of the house had been forced open.

Cummings' mother, his grandson and a family friend were at home when deputies arrived.

Sealey declined to provide any other details about the investigation, saying only that his office is awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Neighbors, however, said two men wearing masks forced themselves inside and that one of them held the grandson at gunpoint while the other took a knife to Cummings' room.

Christopher Locklear, who lives about a block away, said someone at the home called him after the intruders left. Cummings and his room, Locklear said, were covered in blood.

"I couldn’t tell if he had any wounds on his body, because it was covered, but I could see his neck," Locklear said. "That was all I needed. I knew he wouldn't live after the wound he received on his neck."

Although authorities haven't released a motive for the crime sources close to the incident say it was a revenge killing.

People who knew Cummings, like Joseph Locklear, said they find that hard to believe.

"He was a reveal good guy, a good neighbor and a good friend," Joseph Locklear said. "He wasn't a violent person. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and he didn't deserve that."