ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Three men were shot and a woman was beaten during an apparent home invasion in St Pauls, North Carolina, Monday night. One man died from the shooting, and authorities are asking the public's help in finding two persons of interest.
At about 8:34 p.m., the Robeson County Sheriff's Office responded to a home invasion on Shaw Road, and found three males had been shot, according to a news release from Major Anthony Thompson. One of those men, later identified as 51-year-old Rodney Kirk Murphy of Maxton, died from a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Another man was shot in the stomach, another was shot in the hand, and the homeowner, a woman identified as Leila Brooks, had been beaten with a pistol, according to authorities. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Major Thompson stated. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
WMBF News spoke to Brooks who would not go on camera because she says she's concerned the people who broke through her door may return. She told our reporters her two children were also home during the incident, tied up by the intruders but unharmed.
While authorities say they have not determined why the three men who were shot were at the home, Brooks told WMBF News they were friends of her boyfriend who were at her home to watch a football game.
Neighbors in the area say they are shocked to hear this kind of crime happened just feet down their road.
"That's the first time I've ever heard of a home invasion," Joe Ward Jr. said. "I've lived here 17 years. I've never seen that before."
Ward says following this incident he will be taking extra precautions to make sure his home is safe.
The Robeson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the two persons of interest that are attached to this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 910-671-3100.