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Wilmington man indicted on murder charge by Bladen County Grand Jury

By Erin Smith

A Wilmington man was indicted on Monday morning by the BladenĀ  County Grand Jury in connection with a deadly shooting which took place on Saturday, December 23, in Kelly.

David Wayne Gore, 57, owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, was indicted on a charge of second degree murder for the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington.

The incident ocurred at the former Squires Saw Mill on NC 210 in Kelly after Gore received a tip that a boat which was stolen from his shop was seen on NC 210 near Bladen County. The boat was valued at $200,000 and Gore was traveling on NC 210 to follow up on the tip when he stopped at the deserted saw mill and found Blanchard and Ryan Thau inside. An altercation ocurred and Gore shot Blanchard killing him.

Officials with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office have said Blanchard and Thau have no connection to the missing boat. Thau was charged with felony larceny after the mills owners said no one had permission to be on the property.

Gore’s next court appearance is March 16.

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