Deputies identify man killed in Lenoir County shooting

(KINSTON, N.C.) WNCT- The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who was found dead following a Monday night shooting.

Titus Dereko Taft, 21, died at UNC Lenoir Hospital from a gunshot wound to the stomach, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:00 p.m. to Taft’s mobile home on Williams Loop Road near the intersection of Highway 11 South.

Deputies said a group of people were exiting the home when several shots were fired.

Taft had already been taken to UNC Lenoir Hospital in a personal vehicle before deputies arrived, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies secured the  Williams Loop Road area to gather evidence and also responded to UNC Lenoir Hosptial to investigate Taft and other spersent.

Deputies remained on the scene conducting the crime scene investigation into the early morning hours Tuesday and continued following up on tips and leads for the investigation.

Sheriff Ronnie Ingram stated, “this is an unfortunate incident that took the life of another for unknown reasons.  The information that is being shared with us is very limited, but we are continuing to follow up on what we have.  We know that someone saw this incident or has knowledge of what happened, but they have yet to come forward to assist us in the investigation.”


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 252-559-6100 or Lenoir County Crimestoppers at 252-523-4444.


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