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By Erin Smith

A little over one year after a shooting in Kelly, a Wilmington man is scheduled to return to Bladen County Superior Court in February 2019.

David Wayne Gore, 54, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, 34, of Wilmington, that ocurred on Christmas weekend 2017. He is scheduled to appear in Bladen County Superior Court on February 11, 2019.

Gore is represented by Buddy Allard of the Hewlett, Collins and Allard, LLP law firm in Wilmington.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Gore came to Bladen County on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, looking for a stolen boat. According to reports, the boat, which was stolen from Gore Marine, was valued at $200,000.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Gore was following up on a tip that the boat had been spotted near Bladen County on NC 210. He had stopped at an old saw mill, which was formerly operated by Squires Timber, and was walking around it when he encountered Ryan Ciro Thau and Blanchard. Thau and Blanchard were reported to have been loading scrap metal into a truck at the abandoned mill when Gore confronted them and an altercation ensued. During the altercation, Gore shot Blanchard who was airlifted from the scene to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

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