​Lakewood Country Club Brawl Investigation Ongoing After 1 Person Dead, 6 Injured

Lakewood Country Club Brawl
Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Jul. 4, 2016

Lakewood Country Club brawl - A brawl led to one person dead from gunshots and six others injured at the Lakewood Country Club in North Carolina early Sunday.

Authorities are trying to determine what led to the violence around 2:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Country Club venue, which was being rented out for a private event, the Washington Post reports. Detectives believe more than 100 people were at the event, according to the sheriff.

Anthony King of Roseboro died from his injuries from the Lakewood Country Club brawl around noon at Sampson Regional Medical Center. Doctors wanted to airlift him to WakeMed Health and Hospitals but couldn’t because of his condition, authorities said.

The other people injured were identified in the brawl as:

Star Royal of Roseboro, who was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with severe head trauma.

Mary Denis Rich of Huntington, New York, who was treated at Sampson Regional Medical Center for a minor stab wound and gunshot wound.

Daniel Cleveland Cooper of Salemburg, who was treated at Sampson Regional Medical Center for a gunshot wound.

Two more injured people, including one who was stabbed, were being treated this afternoon at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Deputies were still trying to verify the identities of these two people, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

One deputy’s arm was injured, and another deputy’s vehicle was struck by people trying to leave the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Lakewood Country Club is just north of Roseboro off N.C. 242., about 25 miles east of Fayetteville. The Sampson County E-911 Center received multiple calls about gunshots and a fight at the clubhouse.

“The investigation is still in the preliminary stages however, the initial results indicate that the clubhouse was rented out to a person for a private party,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton, who is at the beach, said he believes there were more than 100 people at the event.

“Just way too many,” Thornton said. “Parties draw people whether they’re invited or not.”

NBC News said Sampson County EMS and Roseboro Rescue & EMS also assisted at the scene.

No one had been charged in the Lakewood Country Club brawl by late afternoon, Thornton said.

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