Man charged in Johnston County shooting that killed three, wounded another

Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 5:27 AM EST
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Authorities say an argument at a North Carolina home led to a shooting that left three people dead and a fourth wounded.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one was hospitalized in serious condition.

The suspect fled in a victim's pickup truck before deputies arrived Monday night, but he was arrested early Tuesday.

Forty-year-old Armando Martinez is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and stealing the truck.

The sheriff's office said in a news release that the shooting was sparked by a verbal altercation and the victims were Martinez' relatives or close friends.

Martinez was being held without bond. A sheriff's staff member didn't immediately respond to an email asking if he has an attorney.

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Three people are dead and a fourth person is recovering after a fight led to a shooting Monday night.

Authorities are now looking for possible suspect, Armando Martinez. Officers say Martinez shared a home with the shooting victims.

Investigators believe the shots were fired after an argument but they aren't sure exactly how things escalated into such violence.

Deputies say Martinez left the scene in a red 1996 Chevrolet S-10 with license plate number PFD-4913. Anyone who sees him should call police.

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