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Suspect Sought in Fatal Home Invasion

Posted February 17, 2007 11:49 a.m. EST
Updated February 17, 2007 6:57 p.m. EST

— Selma police are looking for the man they say shot and killed a teen during a home invasion Friday evening.

Police said 18-year old Anthony Surles was shot after two armed men went into a residence on Hunting Drive about 9:30 p.m. and attempted to rob six people inside.

Detectives issued a warrant for Jeffrey Lamont Evans, 32, on murder, armed robbery, and burglary charges. They are also attempting to identify the second gunman with Evans during the incident.

Neighbor Gwendolyn Phelps told WRAL a young man banged on her door shortly after the shooting and yelled inside, asking someone to call an ambulance.

“He said his cousin had got shot, and I looked out the door and saw a young man lying out here on the ground,” Phelps said.

While Surles' cousin called 911 from Phelps' home, she went outside to help.

“Just came out and knelt down beside him and put a towel on his back, because he'd been shot in his back,” she said.

Phelps, a nurse's assistant, said Surles was unconscious but still had a pulse when the paramedics came. He later died at the hospital.

For Phelps, the image of a teenager dying in front of her home will be tough to shake.

“Just wish I could've done more,” she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Selma Police Department at (919) 965-8189.