Teen dies after ‘barbaric cowardly’ shooting at party in Lumberton, sheriff says


LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities say a teenager was injured and later died after a shooting at the Saddletree Community Center located on Mount Olive Church Road after midnight.

Deputies responded to the community center around 12:30 a.m. Saturday and located the victim suffering a gunshot wound.

The victim Marvin Strickland, 19, of Maxton was transported to McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence and was initially listed in critical condition.

However, Saturday night, deputies said Stickland died.

Authorities say the shooting was the result of a fight that broke out between two groups who were attending a party at the community center.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins is encouraging anyone who was involved in the shooting to come forward now and that investigators will be pursuing criminal charges on anyone who was involved in the incidents that led to the victim’s injuries.

“These barbaric cowardly actions must stop and we are seeking suspects to hold accountable. If you were at the scene of this murder whether you were involved or not, I suggest you call our office now,” Wilkins said in a news release.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Homicide and Criminal Investigation Divisions are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 671-3170 or (910) 671-3100.

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