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Suspect Charged in Sampson County Shooting Death

Posted May 20, 2007 11:21 a.m. EDT

— A suspect was arrested Saturday evening in connection with a fatal shooting in Samson County.

Johnnie Newkirk, 69, of 710 Wilbur Pridgen Road in Harrells, was taken into custody after deputies found a man who had suffered at least one gunshot wound at Newkirk’s home.

The victim was airlifted to New Hanover Medical Center, where he later died.

Investigators said the shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday during an altercation between the victim and Newkirk, who has been charged with second-degree murder. He was being held without bond late Sunday morning.