Man found dead near Lillington

Investigation continuing


The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred near Lillington Tuesday night.

According to Maj. Jeff Huber, around 8:30 Tuesday night deputies were called to a residence in the 2500 block of Ridge Run in Lillington.

When they arrived they found Gerold McEachin Jr., 36, of U.S. 421, Lillington, deceased at the location and the reported shooter, Christopher Chance, 33, who is cooperating with authorities, according to Maj. Huber. Mr. Chance lived at the location where the shooting took place. The suspect and the victim were associated through another family member, Maj. Huber said.

Maj. Huber said an autopsy of Mr. McEachin will be conducted.

A witness at the scene said when they arrived CPR was being administered to the victim and two medical units were on the scene along with several deputies from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. The witness also said the scene had been secured with crime scene tape.


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