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Pregnant woman murdered, 1 person injured in Cumberland County shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - A pregnant woman was murdered and another person was injured in a shooting that occurred Wednesday in Cumberland County, the sheriff's office said in a release Thursday.

Deputies responded to a 911 call in reference to a shooting on Spur Drive in the Buckhead Farms subdivision on Wednesday. When deputies arrived on scene, they found two people suffering from gunshot wounds, the sheriff's office said.

One of those shot was 26-year-old Thailia Thomas, who was pregnant. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her baby did not survive, the sheriff's office said.

Another person, a 33-year-old, was injured in the shooting and immediately transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment.

That person's condition is not known at this time.

"The victim met the suspect online and, as most online, when you meet people, you don't know who they are or what they're about. It's very dangerous when you go about meeting people this way," said Lt. Sean Swain from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. 

Detectives are searching for a man, possibly in his 20s, described as having a medium build, light complexion and standing approximately 5 foot 8 to 6 feet tall with wavy, close cut hair.

The suspect was seen driving away in a newer model four-door Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Sheriff’s office detectives investigating the case are requesting anyone with information about the shootings to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 323-1500 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.


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