SALEMBURG — Authorities are tracking leads in a fatal incident at Lakewood Country Club on Sunday, in which large fighting groups converged in a stabbing and shooting melee that left one dead.
All of the names of those injured have been released and no others have since come forward, sheriff’s officials said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope said there are “persons of interest” that are being investigated and added Tuesday that deputies were still attempting to gather enough evidence to establish probable cause that would lead to warrants being issued. No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday.
“They’re out there following up on some of that information right now,” said Pope.
One person was killed and five others had to be treated for stab, gunshot and assault injuries stemming from a private party in the early-morning hours Sunday, response to which also injured a sheriff’s deputy.
“There were approximately 100 people, if not more,” the sheriff’s captain said of the brawl. He said the facility was rented out for a “private party” but the exact renter was not immediately known.
“It was not a member of the country club,” Pope attested.
Anthony Demps King Jr., 41, of 8901 Roseboro Hwy., Roseboro, died as a result of his gunshot injuries. He was initially supposed to be airlifted to Wake Med with serious injuries, but underwent emergency surgery at Sampson Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Wake Med later Sunday morning. He died shortly after noon Sunday.
Around 2:36 a.m. Sunday, 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,” an initial statement from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office read.
Around 2:30 a.m., an altercation ensued that ultimately resulted in three people being shot, one person being stabbed and two others beaten. Deputy A.J. Brown received a cut to the arm in trying to break up the fight and was treated at Sampson Regional. Another deputy’s vehicle was struck by people trying to flee the gathering, however that deputy did not sustain any injuries, authorities said.
Vanessa Star Royal, 32, of 4170 Hayne Stretch Road, Roseboro, was transported to Cape Fear Valley Hospital with severe head trauma. Mary Denise Rich, 37, 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, 25, of 221 Turkey Farm Lane, Salemburg, was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Tonya Marie Tillery, 27, of 166 School Road, Salemburg, and Joe Richard Taylor, 26, of 2631 Hayes Chapel Road, Rose Hill, were treated at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville for stabbing and assault injuries.
Reports released Tuesday morning revealed Tilley and Taylor’s names and noted damage to the front bumper of Tillery’s 2004 Chevy Malibu, the rear-side driver’s side door of Taylor’s 2010 Chevy Camaro and the front bumper of the patrol vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger. Damage to each of the vehicles was estimated at $1,000.
Lakewood’s 19th hole, the clubhouse often rented out for weddings, receptions, parties and other gatherings. It was used to collect toys for a drive this past Christmas. 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.
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