Shooter remains on the loose
W. Curt Vincent Editor
CLARKTON — The weekend started off with a bang in Clarkton … literally.
According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call Fright at about 9 p.m. on Mitchell Ford Road where an individual had reportedly been shot.
“Deputies arrived to find one victim shot twice in the right leg,” Hester said. “The victim stated that he heard a knock at the door and, when he opened it, a black male was standing there holding a handgun. A struggle ensued and that is when the victim was shot.”
Hester added that the victim was then tied up and the house ransacked.
According to the Sheriff’s Office report, a second black male entered the residence and tied up a second victim who was in the kitchen when the shots were fired.
“Prescription medication and approximately $20 were taken during the incident,” Hester said.
After the suspects left the premises, each of the victims were able to get free and called 911. The shooting victim was transported to Bladen County Hospital by Bladen County EMS with non-life threatening injuries.
No arrests have been made in the case, and investigators are asking anyone with information to call 910-862-6960. The call will remain anonymous.
The weekend violence continued in Council on Saturday when deputies responded to a stabbing at about 10 p.m. on Columbus County Road.
According to Hester, the victim told investigators that an argument began after the suspect accused him of “messing with his girl.”
“The suspect stabbed the victim in the neck area and he was transported to Bladen County Hospital by Bladen County EMS before being transported to another hospital,” Hester said. “The victim was in stable condition when he was transported.”
Deputies arrested Eric Devon Freeman, 35, of Council and charged him with assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He remains in the Bladen County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond.
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