FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Three men have been arrested and charged in connection to a late-August killing.

Montez Lofton, 24, Justin Shumpert, 28, and Jordan Bernal, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Ernest Bullock, Fayetteville police said Friday.

The deadly shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Bonanza Drive on Aug. 26, police said. Another person was injured and taken to a hospital. The victims were found in an open field in that block. Police said both had been shot in a car.

The three men were also charged with the following:



  • attempted first-degree murder
  • assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill,
  • discharge of a weapon into occupied property, and
  • felony conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective S. Berrios-Rivera at (910) 703-6243.

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