ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – One person is dead and one person is injured after a shooting on Solomn Road in Robeson County, Sheriff Kenneth Sealy confirmed.
The man who died has been identified as 50-year-old Toby Oxendine, and the other man who was hurt has been identified as 61-year old William Chavis. Major Anthony Thompson says the incident is being investigated as a homicide, and authorities are not looking for any other suspects in the case. They believe the two men involved shot each other.
Oxendine's uncle said he saw everything. He said the men appeared to be arguing before the guns came out just before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
"They was fussing, and...I live next door, and I started running over there," Jeffrey Lowery said. I seen the flash of pistols from the sun reflection, and I hollered and told them to put them guns up, and that's when i heard a small gunshot."
The Sheriff's Office said both men were hit by bullets, but at this point it is unclear who shot first. It was Oxendine's wound that turned out to be fatal though.
"I asked Toby, 'how bad are you hurt?', and he said, 'don't worry about it, I'm dying.'" Lowery said. "I stayed with him and called the ambulance and stayed with him and held him in my arms and gave him CPR the best I knowed how...and I couldn't save him."
It happened on Solomn Road in Robeson county, near Pembroke. According to Oxendine's family, both men had known each other their entire lives.
"I tried to get there to help resolve the situation before it escalated like it did, but I was too late," Lowery said. "It's a terrible loss. Our family's had a lot of loss, and this is just so unexpected."
Lowery said he couldn't hear what the two men were arguing about before the gunfire erupted.
Oxendine died at an area hospital, according to Sheriff Sealy, and Chavis was treated and released.
No charges have been filed in the case at this point. Sheriff Sealy says detectives are also looking into another person's possible involvement in the incident as well.