Wallace police investigating 2 fatal shootings

WALLACE, N.C. (WNCT) – Police in Wallace are investigating two Sunday homicides.

Officers say they got the first call around 3:30 p.m. from Tamela West, who told them that she and her son had returned from the grocery store and found her husband, Walter West, on the floor of the home and there was a problem. There were also additional calls from neighbors, who said they heard gunshots and loud voices.

When they arrived at the scene, officers found 44-year-old Walter West had been shot. Duplin EMS pronounced West dead at the scene. His body was removed from the home around 8:30 p.m. West’s autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m.

A person of interest has been identified and interviewed by investigators.

Just after 10:30, Duplin County 911 got a call about shots fired at the Fast Lane convenience store located on NC Hwy 41 West.

Officers arriving at the scene found 25-year-old Michael J. Lamb with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Witnesses told police that Lamb was talking to a power company employee at the time the incident happened. During Lamb’s conversation with that power company employee, an unknown suspect ran up wearing a black hoodie and a mask and shot Lamb.

That suspect, who’s still at large, is believed to be an African American male, short and stocky build. He fled the scene towards Raleigh Rd.

Lamb’s autopsy is also scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was pronounced dead at Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, NC.

If you have any information about the incidents, you’re asked to contact Wallace Police at (910) 285-2126.

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