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Man wanted in Sampson slaying surrenders

Investigators identified James Michael Cromartie, 28, as a possible suspect in Tuesday's early morning shooting.

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GARLAND, N.C. — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting early Tuesday surrendered to Sampson County authorities Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Cromartie, 28, emerged from a woodline on Vineyard Road, between Hobbs Road and Big Piney Grove Road, shortly after noon and was taken into custody, authorities said.

He was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and was being held in the Sampson County Detention Center without bond.

Sampson County deputies responded to a reported shooting at 962 Garland Airport Road in Garland at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They found the body of Gabriel Ishmael Kerr, 22, of Harrells, in the backyard. Blood was around his body, and he didn't have a pulse, authorities said.

Preliminary reports indicated that Kerr and Cromartie got into an argument that escalated into gunfire, authorities said.