SALEMBURG — One person was killed and five others had to be treated for stab, gunshot and assault injuries stemming from a chaotic incident at a private party at Lakewood Country Club in the early-morning hours Sunday, response to which also injured a sheriff’s deputy.
One of the victims, identified as Anthony King of Roseboro, was initially supposed to be airlifted to Wake Med with serious injuries, but due to his condition the airlift was cancelled and emergency surgery was performed at Sampson Regional Medical Center before he was transferred to Wake Med later Sunday morning.
Shortly after noon, King succumbed to his injuries.
Around 2:36 a.m., the Sampson County E-911 Center received multiple calls regarding gunshots and a fight at the Lakewood Country Club clubhouse, situated between Roseboro and Salemburg. Additional calls indicated that there were gunshot victims and a stabbing victim. Sampson County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Sampson County EMS and Roseboro Rescue and EMS personnel responded to the scene.
“Responding deputies discovered several groups fighting upon their arrival and attempted to break up the fights,” a statement from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office read.
One deputy received minor injuries and was treated at Sampson Regional Medical Center for a cut on the arm. Another deputy’s vehicle was struck by people trying to flee the gathering, however that deputy did not sustain any injuries, authorities said.
The investigation is still in the preliminary stages, sheriff’s officials noted Sunday morning, however the initial probe indicates that the clubhouse was rented out to a person for a private party. Sometime after 2:30 a.m. an altercation ensued that ultimately resulted in three people being shot, one person being stabbed and two others beaten, sheriff’s officials said early Sunday. Original reports had the tally at four people sustaining injuries, but that climbed to six — excluding the deputy — as more information came in.
Along with King, Star Royal of Roseboro was identified as one of the physical assault victims transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital with severe head trauma. Mary Denise Rich of Huntington, N.Y., was treated at Sampson Regional for a minor stab wound and a non-life threatening gunshot wound, while Daniel Cleveland Cooper of Salemburg was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Another physical assault victim and a stabbing victim were being treated at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville. Their identities are currently being withheld pending verification.
No arrests have been made. The motive for the altercation is not yet known. Investigators were on the scene processing evidence and conducting interviews early Sunday.
Lakewood Country Club has an 18-hole golf course, pro shop and pool, as well as the additional clubhouse building — called the 19th hole — that is often rented out for wedding receptions, parties or other gatherings. By noon, sheriff’s authorities had collected evidence, taken down the yellow crime tape and left the scene. There were a few vehicles in the clubhouse parking lot and visitors could be seen at the pool and on the golf course.
Signs of the fracas were evident, as fresh circular tire marks could be seen in the center of the parking lot, and other skid marks were visible on winding Country Club Road, which extends from N.C. 242 to the clubhouse and into the residential community.