5 adults fatally shot at North Carolina home; Sheriff launches homicide investigation

Five people were found shot to death in a southeastern North Carolina home early Thursday morning, according to local sheriffs.

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said officers were called to a home on Garland Highway outside Clinton shortly before 1 a.m. on a report of a homicide and found five people dead from gunshot wounds. was discovered, the news agency reported.

Thornton said investigators have no information about the suspects and don’t know how the people killed knew each other.

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Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said it’s unclear how the people killed knew each other.

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Lt. Eric Pope said at a news conference that authorities received a 911 call from a person who had spoken to one of the victims around 11 p.m., and later found the body when they stopped at the home. The victims are four men and one woman, ranging in age from their mid-30s to their 80s.

“This is not normal for our community. This is not normal for any community,” he said. “That should shock the conscience.”

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