An 18-year-old was shot dead early Saturday at a graduation ceremony in Sanford and a 16-year-old suspect is in custody, police said.
Sanford police responded between midnight and 1 a.m. at the Baymont Hotel at 2614 S. Horner Blvd. and found Jason Lamont Harrington, 18, in the parking lot with gunshot wounds.
Harrington was taken to Central Carolina Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said “one parent” rented a room in the hotel for their son to host a graduation ceremony, even though no information was given about the parents’ identity or whether the child in question was the victim, the suspect, or both.
At around 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, the police located a 16-year-old suspect and charged him with youth searches for murder and gun possession by a minor. The suspect was taken to a juvenile detention center in Raleigh.
According to the police, the case is still being investigated. No other information was given.
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