Three armed men broke into the home at 2546 Old Mount Olive Highway at about 12:30 a.m. while the family slept inside. The intruders held two adults and four children, ages 4, 5 and 8, at gunpoint and ransacked the house, authorities said.
During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot, prompting the man who lives in the house to grab a gun and shoot back, authorities said.
Antione Logan Chestnut, 19, of 109 Evelyn Circle in Dudley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other two intruders fled in a dark-colored vehicle, authorities said.
No one else was hurt in the incident.
A second subject in the case was arrested Friday evening. Kayloe Lemont Middleton, 25, of 1530 Indian Springs Road in Mount Olive, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree kidnapping.
Authorities declined to release the name of the family involved, citing safety reasons. It's unclear whether the family was targeted or it was a random crime, authorities said.
Clarette Sutton, who said she knew Chestnut, stopped by the family's house Friday afternoon to lend her support.
"I don't know what happened. All I know is it's a sad situation on both ends. Tragedy is always sad on both ends," Sutton said. "I feel sorry for the family that it happened to, and I just ask them to keep hope. Don't be afraid."
Authorities were searching for a third suspect in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1482 or Crimestoppers at 919-735-2255.
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