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Updated: Another victim dies from gunshot in Columbus County

On September 9, 2019, at approximately 10:03pm Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies, Nakina Fire and Rescue (NFR), and North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCSHP) were dispatched to the 14000 block of Swamp Fox Highway East, Nakina, in reference to a motor vehicle collision.  Upon arrival of emergency services, it was deemed the male victim had succumbed to a gunshot wound. After a preliminary investigation, CCSO Deputies identified the deceased male as Mitchell Allen Smith, 34, of Whiteville.  CCSO Investigators arrived shortly after to interview witnesses and to conduct an extensive crime scene investigation.

Sheriff Jody Greene would like to ask the citizens of Columbus County for their assistance in locating the individuals involved in this homicide investigation.  Additionally, Sheriff Greene wants to remind the public that it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you and to call 911 if you see anything suspicious.  The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting anyone with information in this case to please contact Detective Sergeant M. Strickland at 910-640-6629.  This investigation is ongoing.

On September 7, 2019, at approximately 6:55 am Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reported another gunshot murder crime. According to the report Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Brunswick Fire Department, and Whiteville Rescue were dispatched to a residence on Brittany Lane, outside of Whiteville, in reference to multiple victims with reported gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, CCSO Deputies located four individuals at the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.  Despite all life-saving efforts, three of the four victims succumbed to their injuries.  The fourth victim was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare Systems by Whiteville Rescue and survived, but was injured.  CCSO Deputies quickly secured the scene and began a preliminary investigation. CCSO and Columbus County District Attorney Investigators arrived shortly after to interview witnesses and to conduct an extensive crime scene investigation. During the incident, the suspects reportedly stole the victim’s vehicle which was later identified and located. This shooting incident was a targeted crime and not a random act of violence, according to the Sheriff’s report.

Sheriff Jody Greene would like to ask the citizens of Columbus County for their assistance in locating the individuals involved in these homicide investigations.

Additionally, Sheriff Greene wants to remind the public that it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you and to call 911 if you see anything suspicious. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is requesting anyone with information in this case to please contact Investigator B. Fowler at 910-640-6629.

Update:

Sheriff Jody Greene would like to ask the citizens of Columbus County for their assistance in locating a wanted individual. The following individual is currently wanted for questioning in the Brittany Lane triple homicide by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and is considered to be armed and dangerous. This individual also has outstanding warrants for his arrest from an unrelated case.

Name: Marquez Montrell Cherry
Address: Whiteville, NC
Race/Sex: Black/Male
Date of Birth: 11/23/1995
Bond: Currently Wanted
Charges: 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, 1 count of Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine, 1 count of Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Keeping/Selling Cocaine, 1 count of Resisting a Public Officer

If you were to encounter this individual, please don’t approach him, instead call 911 immediately. Additionally, Sheriff Greene wants to remind the public that it is important to pay attention to what is going on around you and to call 911 if you see anything suspicious. Any information given will remain anonymous.

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