Howard "Buckwheat" McNair is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 38-year-old William Lorenzo Purdie, of 18 Brandis Drive, St. Pauls. McNair rang the intercom buzzer at the Sheriff's Office to alert lawmen that he was ready to surrender, sheriff's Maj. Randal Patterson said.
McNair, 25, of 430 King St., is charged with shooting Purdie in the head once with a handgun. Purdie was killed on June 22 during a party at a residence at 322 Kings Farm Road.
McNair also is charged with shooting Dexter Drye, 32, of 5349 Tolarsville Road. A bullet grazed Drye's neck at the party, but he was not injured seriously. McNair is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, Patterson said.
McNair is held with no bail in the Robeson County jail on the murder charge, and a $30,000 bail was set for the assault charge.
Patterson said that McNair has been convicted twice of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony discharging a firearm into occupied property.