HAMLET — With investigators hitting a brick wall trying to identify a shooting suspect, a reward is now on the table.
Richmond County Crime Stoppers and the Hamlet Police Department are offering a $500 reward — with each agency contributing $250 — for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the death of 20-year-old Tierrell Martin.
Martin was fatally shot around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Circle B convenience store on the corner of N.C. 177 and Earle Franklin Drive.
Detective Capt. Randy Dover said seven shots were fired, but Martin was only struck once and died at the scene.
Investigators worked throughout the night and day on Wednesday and into the week, but Dover said Friday they had hit a “dead end,” with no suspect or suspects identified.
Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters told the Daily Journal on Wednesday that officers had initially charged one man in the fatal shooting, but video evidence proved he was not the perpetrator and he was released from custody later that morning.
Dover said Friday that officers have interviewed everyone who appeared in the security video footage, but they all said they didn’t see anything. He added that the shooter was not captured on camera.
Police have also spoken with other people who were at or near the scene, as well as acquaintances of Martin, but to no avail.
“Nobody’s talking,” Dover said. “Somebody knows something. If somebody knows something they need to talk. That young man didn’t deserve to die like that.”
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.
Investigators ask that anyone with information pertaining to the case contact the Hamlet Police Department at 910-582-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.
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