N.C. Gunman Kills Friend, Self
LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) _ A man armed with an assault rifle killed an acquaintance and critically wounded a policeman before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.
Police Sgt. Doug Bowen, 36, was in critical condition early today after surgery for a gunshot wound in his lower abdomen. A single bullet passed under his bulletproof vest.
The incident Thursday evening began when Larry Montrell Patterson, 21, armed with a 7.62 mm SKS semiautomatic rifle, confronted Eddie Lee McLean, 34, at his home, police Lt. Jack Poe said.
``There had been a previous confrontation between Patterson and McLean,″ Poe said today. ``Last night was the climax of it.″
Poe said Patterson walked up to McLean outside his house and shot him. He then fired at a passing car, slightly injuring a young girl, before trying to hide behind a wall, Poe said.
``He got behind the wall and started firing again″ at a crowd that had begun to gather while officers started interviewing witnesses, Poe said. One of the bullets struck Bowen.
Patterson then turned the rifle on himself, Poe said.