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2 Charged in Fatal Highway Chase, Shooting

Posted April 23, 2007 2:53 p.m. EDT

— Two men have been charged with first-degree murder after a Hoke County man was gunned down last week while driving to Raeford, authorities said Monday.

Michael Freeman was driving on N.C. Highway 211 from Red Springs to Raeford shortly after midnight Thursday when the occupants of another car fired at him, authorities said. Freeman's car ran off the road, went through a chain-link fence and slammed into a tree on Murph McLaughlin Road, authorities said.

Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the shooting, the car following Freeman then turned around in the roadway and headed back toward Red Springs, authorities said.

Antonio Blanks, 20, of 650 Goose Pond Road in Red Springs, and Tony Anthony Avery Jr., 22, of 2022 Mount Zion Road in Maxton, have been charged with murder in connection with Freeman's death. Both men are being held without bond in the Hoke County Jail.

The case remains under investigation, and more arrests are expected, authorities said.