Bladen man shot during attempted robbery in Lumberton

By Sarah Willets -

LUMBERTON — A Bladen County man police say was trying to rob a Lumberton convenience store Friday night was shot by a store employee during the attempt and is in a hospital fighting for his life.

Charges are expected to be filed against Franklin McLaurin once he recovers from his injuries, according to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department.

According to the statement, McLaurin went into A&B Mini Mart on Roberts Avenue at about 10:58 p.m. Friday and pointed a handgun at one of the store’s employees. A second employee then shot McLaurin with a different handgun, the statement said.

Franklin fled on foot and Lumberton police and a police dog later found him hiding in some bushes a few blocks from the store.

McLaurin was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services and later taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where is he is being treated for life-threatening injuries. McLaurin’s last known address is in Bladen County.

The store, located near Seventh Street, was open on Monday. An employee there said he was not present for the robbery attempt and an employee who was there was taking time off.

An incident report does not list any items stolen during the robbery attempt, or any damage to property. Sanad Saleh is listed as the reporting person on the report.

Anyone with information should call Detectives Lee Hinson or Blake Harrell at 910-671-3845.

The convenience store was robbed on June 16 when a man showed a handgun to a store clerk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Police continue to look for that man and have circulated his photograph, captured by surveillance cameras, on Facebook. He described as a black male with long dreadlocks, about 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 180 pounds.

Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.

By Sarah Willets

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