But those same officials remained tight-lipped about other aspects of the investigation including a person of interest in the case who has not yet been located.
Timothy Lamont McKoy, 29, of Garland, was shot twice by a unknown suspect around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night at the raceway. He died at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation, however, a report of a 1997 Dodge Caravan being hit twice by gunfire, shattering a windshield and hood vent, at the same time the shooting occurred and at the same location, indicate that there was more than just one shot fired that night.
The damage to property report, filed Sunday, was released Tuesday by sheriff’s staff. It showed that a 33-year-old Rocky Point woman’s Caravan was struck twice by gunshots while parked at the raceway.
It is not known whether the same weapon that killed McKoy struck the vehicle.
It is also not clear exactly where the fatal shooting took place at the raceway, but it is believed to have occurred away from the 200-300 people at the evening event, which included racing, a concert and a wet t-shirt contest.
“There were multiple shots fired that night,” said Capt. Eric Pope Tuesday afternoon. “No arrests have been made and no arrest warrants have been issued, but we do have a person of interest that we want to talk with.”
Authorities also could not confirm whether the two men knew each other, nor would they release the name of the “person of interest”.
“We are still investigating the incident,” said Pope. “It is still an open investigation.”
Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said Monday that the two men were arguing when weapons were brought into the mix.
“The argument escalated,” he said, “and each grabbed a weapon and fired at each other and one hit the other.”
The suspect in the case reportedly fled after the shooting.
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