Hamlet police seek shooting suspect; bomb maker caught

By: Compiled by Christine Carroll - Staff Writer

HAMLET — Police are looking for 34-year-old Thomas Terry III in connection with the June 2 shooting of a Hamlet resident, Detective Capt. Randy Dover said this week.

The victim, whom Dover would not name, allegedly identified Terry as his attacker. Dover said the victim remained in the hospital, in serious condition, after being shot in the abdomen and leg.

Police received a call about a shooting in the 100 block of Washington Avenue, reports show. When they arrived, they saw a man being hustled into a car to be taken to the hospital, Dover said.

When that car arrived at the hospital with police following, Dover said, the victim described the events and his alleged shooter.

Police have obtained a warrant charging Terry with attempted first-degree murder and ask that those with information on his whereabouts call them at 910-817-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

The shooting is the third in Hamlet this year.

Last month, a woman was shot while celebrating Cinco de Mayo on the front porch of a home on Buttercupt Drive. In February, an unknown shooter barraged a home managed by the Hamlet Housing Authority. Two young children were in the house at the time.

No one has been charged in either incident.

Rockingham man held on drug charges

HAMLET — Drew Westley Long, 32, of Terry Bridge Road, Rockingham was charged Sunday with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Reports show that Long was at the Starflite convenience store in north Hamlet when a store employee called police to handle a man who appeared intoxicated. When police arrived, Detective Capt. Randy Dover said, they found that Long had possession of methamphetamine, as well as needles and empty prescription bottles.

The drug possession is classified as a felony and the possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Long was taken to the Richmond County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $1,500 secured bond.

Burglars rifle through unlocked vehicles

HAMLET — Police are seeking tips on a rash of weekend car burglaries on Carl Martin Avenue and Virginia Ann Street last weekend, Detective Capt. Randy Dover said.

One victim claimed that someone took $1,000 in cash and a $980 check made out in her name from her unlocked car. No other items were reported missing, Dover said, adding that the thieves seemed to be looking for particular items after testing whether car doors were locked.

Police do have a surveillance-camera photo that appears to show two young men wearing hoodies. They ask that anyone with information on the burglaries call them at 910-817-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.

Pipe bomb suspect nabbed in Hamlet

HAMLET — Local police assisted in the arrest of a 47-year-old man accused of building and setting off a series of pipe bombs in Person County.

Police in Laurel Hill reportedly found 31 pipe bombs in the home of Randall Allan Lee last week. When they knew Lee would be visiting a doctor in Richmond County on Friday, they asked for assistance in arresting Lee, Detective Capt. Randy Dover said.

“We had the great pleasure of serving him” at the doctor’s office, Dover said.

Lee has been charged with 31 counts of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and is housed in the Richmond County Jail in lieu of a $310,000 secured bond.

Lee reportedly is both disabled and unemployed.

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Compiled by Christine Carroll

Staff Writer