Five people were found shot to death in different rooms of a house in Clinton, North Carolina last Thursday, CBS News reported.
The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release last week that the bodies were reported just after midnight on October 26. The person reporting said they had spoken to the owner of the home about an hour earlier and discovered the bodies after stopping by the house.
According to the sheriff’s office, the victims all suffered gunshot wounds and were found in different rooms throughout the house. The one woman and four men ranged in age from the 30s to 70s and were “of different races and ethnicities.”
The sheriff’s office did not say how the victims were connected and their identities were withheld until the families were notified.
According to the sheriff’s office, sheriff’s investigators and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigations are “processing the crime scene and following up on potential leads.”
On Friday, the sheriff’s office identified the victims as Dagoberto Lopez, 33, Hector Salazar Lopez, 39, Jamie Lynn Rowland (AKA Jamie Thompson), 47, Lamar Williams, 58, and Alfonza Jeffers, 73.
WTVD in Raleigh-Durham reported on Tuesday that the ATF is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murders.
ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Alicia Jones said on Tuesday that the ATF hopes that by using its resources, it can “assist in gathering the information needed” to quickly identify and find those responsible for last Thursday’s shooting.
Investigators believe that the shooting was not random and the victims were targeted.
According to the sheriff’s office, investigators do not believe that the shooting is connected to two other recent shootings in Sampson County.