UPDATE: Person Of Interest Sought In Race Track Death

Investigators say they have someone they want to talk to about the shooting death of another man at a rural North Carolina racetrack.

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton told multiple media outlets he was not ready to release the name of the person of interest.

Authorities say 29-year-old Timothy McKoy of Garland was gunned down after an argument Sunday in the parking lot of Harrells Raceway.

Thornton says the drag races scheduled for Sunday night were canceled after the shooting.

The sheriff says his deputies don't answer a lot of calls at the track, but he asked the owner Monday to beef up security.

The raceway is privately owned and isn't sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association or regulated by the state.

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Authorities say a man has been shot to death after an argument at Harrells Raceway.

A Sampson County Sheriff's Office spokesman tells Raleigh TV station WRAL that the victim was 29 years old but didn't release his name. He says another man fired his weapon Sunday and was not caught.

In May, a spectator was killed in the stands and another injured by debris from a wreck at the hot rod track in Harrells, about 40 miles north of Wilmington.

The raceway is privately owned and isn't sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association or regulated by the state.

The station reports that a driver was killed at the same track in 1992 when he crashed into a guard rail near the finish line.


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