FAIRMONT — Three arrests have been made in the shooting death of a person at a Fairmont convenience store Tuesday night, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, but their names were not available early this morning.
The Robesonian has learned the man shot and killed was Robert Williamson, but his identity has not been confirmed by the Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting death occurred Tuesday evening at BB’s Quick Check, a small, isolated store on N.C. 130 just outside of Fairmont’s town limits.
Sealey said no one else was injured in the shooting. Sealey referred further questions to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives, who spoke to The Robesonian this morning. Thompson was not yet at the Sheriff’s Office after working deep into the morning. Attempts to reach Sheriff’s Office spokesperson were also unsuccessful.
The arrests came following a short pursuit by a sheriff’s deputy.
“He spotted the car and they followed the car until we got it stopped,” Sealey said.
Resident were shocked to find police pour into their neighborhood, and even more shocked to learn who had been killed.
“Yesterday about 6:30, 7 o’clock, I got up to close my door. We were sitting down to eat supper. I heard my dog barking and I got to the door and saw lights and people everywhere,” a woman who lives nearby told The Robesonian.
The woman, who didn’t want her name published, said she had known Williamson, who owns the store, for about 10 years, and that he left behind a girlfriend and two small children.
The woman said her neighborhood is no stranger to crime, but that she never thought Williamson would be a victim.
“He was just a good guy. He was everybody’s buddy, everybody’s friend,” she said. “He, I guess, is what the surprise was.”
Now she’s lost a sense of safety and wants to move.
”It makes a lot of people angry,” she said. “It makes me wonder what else could happen.”
The woman said she and other neighbors were on the scene until about midnight Tuesday night, trying to process what had happened.
“I do think they just wanted some money and decided to get it from him. They could have just taken the money and left him alone,” she said.
This morning, when Williamson would typically be opening his store, friends, family and curious passers-by were milling through the store’s parking lot.
”[It] was a long night in our neighborhood … seems quiet this morning,” the woman wrote on Facebook.