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Investigators: Teen, stepfather shoot and kill each other

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man and his teenage stepson are dead after investigators say they shot each other overnight.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says at 12:22 a.m. deputies with responded to a shooting at 163 Pine Circle Drive in the Green Acres community just east of Tabor City. When they got there they found James Bernard Soles with a gunshot wound to the chest. Soles told officers his stepson, Gregory Javon McKinnies, 16, who lived with him at the home, had shot him. Deputies also learned that McKinnies had been shot and had been taken by car to the hospital in Loris, SC.

McKinnies was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Soles, who was transported to Loris by ambulance, died a short time later.

Witnesses told authorities that Soles and McKinnies shot each other during an argument over unspecified domestic issues. McKinnies was shot multiple times in the chest with an assault rifle and Soles was shot in the chest with a handgun. An autopsy will be conducted later today in Raleigh.

Investigators say after working through the night to gather information, they do not expect to file any charges. They say no one else was injured.


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