First Posted: 1/15/2009
ROWLAND -- A Rowland teen-ager was arrested Saturday morning for shooting a Lumberton man with a shotgun, according to sheriff's Lt. Ken Sealey.
Delmus Lewis Jr., 43, was shot while leaving the 15-year-old boy's aunt's house on Henry Berry Road after an argument. Lewis was shot on the left side of the head and face while he was pulling out the driveway in his 1987 Nissan.
Lewis, was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and transferred to Duke University Medical Center, Sealey said. A hospital spokesman refused to provide Lewis' condition, at the family's request.
The 15-year-old boy was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He is held at the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center.
Sealey said Lewis was able to drive about a half-mile down Henry Berry Road before stopping and James Lowry, a passenger in the car, went up to a house and had 911 called at about 8 a.m. Lowery wasn't injured in the shooting.
David Earl Hammonds, 20, who Sealey said acted in concert with the juvenile, was also charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and a misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Hammonds, of 966 Henry Berry Road, is held at Robeson County Jail under a $31,000 bond.
The shooting is still under investigation and additional charges are pending, Sealey said.
“I am pleased to make an arrest as fast as we did in a shooting like this,” he said.