Teen shot and killed in Robeson County; suspect arrested

Michael Jacob Locklear. Source: Robeson County.
Michael Jacob Locklear. Source: Robeson County.

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – A 16-year-old died after being shot at a mobile home park near Lumberton Thursday night, officials confirmed. An 18-year-old suspect has been arrested.

At about 9: 52 p.m. Thursday, investigators arrived at the South Eastern Regional Medical Center to find 16-year-old Christopher Jones with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Major Anthony Thompson with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement tried to talk to Jones, but were not able to get information out of him, Maj. Thompson said. He died from the gunshot wound while in surgery.

Michael Jacob Locklear, 18, was arrested for the crime, Maj. Thompson confirmed. The initial information indicates that Locklear took Jones from the scene of the shooting, a mobile home park in the 2300 block of Norment Road, to the hospital, but Locklear was not at the hospital when officers arrived.

Locklear was later located, interviewed, and charged with second-degree murder and possession of a stolen fire arm. He is currently in Robeson County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

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