1 dead in shooting inside vehicle in Wake County after cellphone goes missing

Wake County News

NEW HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Witnesses riding inside a vehicle say one man fatally shot another late Friday night, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Five people were traveling southbound on U.S. 1 just before 11 p.m., when one man claimed he lost his cellphone, witnesses told the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, who was not identified by the sheriff’s office, pulled over so the suspect, 21-year-old Stephen Craig Oakley, could begin searching for his phone.

While searching, witnesses told investigators a dispute occurred between Oakley and eventual-victim Dallas Richard Childress, 24.

“While attempting to locate the phone, witnesses told investigators that a dispute occurred between Childress and Oakley, resulting in the victim being shot. Oakley (later) admitted to investigators that he fired the shot which fatally wounded Childress,” a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

Oakley has been processed into the Wake County Detention Center and held without bond. 

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