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One dead, one life flighted after shooting

A 34-year-old man was found dead outside a vacant residence due to gunshot wounds on Ray Drive in Meansville early Wednesday morning when sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call made at 5:47 a.m. A 33-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds was located in his home on Ray Drive and he was life flighted to an area hospital. Sheriff Jimmy Thomas said he does not believe the gunman is in Pike County, but the GBI, sheriff’s office, Zebulon Police Department, District Attorney’s office and coroner’s office are all working together on the case. Image slideshow inside’¦Photos by Greg Parrot, Rachel McDaniel, Jennifer Taylor and Nolan George. ”We believe this area is safe and at this time, that the gunman is no longer in the Pike County area,” said Sheriff Thomas. “At this point, we are looking for one suspect.” Thomas said another man involved ran from the scene and entered a residence at the end of Ray Drive. He was arrested and his statement was that he was trying to get to a safe place because of the shooting. Charges have not yet been filed against him. Names of the victims will be released once their family members are notified. There are around six residences on Ray Drive and the shooting occurred near the first house on the road. ’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢ EARLIER REPORT: Sheriff Jimmy Thomas reports a 911 call was received at 5:47 a.m. regarding multiple gunshots in the area. Deputies arrived and found a 34-year-old male dead in the driveway. A second victim, a 33-year-old male, was lifeflighted to an area hospital in serious conditions with gunshot wound(s). Thomas said the shooter, who is not from Pike County, has left the area and there is no threat to residents in the neighborhood. A fourth person, who was with the victims, was apprehended at a nearby home and is being interrogated. The subjects gathered at the vacant house for unknown reasons. Neighbors speculated it was a drug deal gone bad. ’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢’¢ Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots before 6 a.m. A short time later a life flight chopper landed in the road. The incident occurred at a vacant house located at 54 Ray Dr. off Dukes Rd. south of Meansville. According to tax records, the house once belonged to Robert Anthony Smith and Teresa Callina Smith but was foreclosed on and is now owned by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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