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Fourth city killing may have been retaliation

Two men are being sought for the Monday night murder of a Whiteville man. The assault is related to a Nov. 26 shooting in Whiteville, according to police.

Whiteville Police are searching for Corey Tashombae Hines, 20, and Taquay Montez Newkirk, 26, for the murder of Elliot Ward Dew and the serious injury of Deron Dewitt Blanks.

Police Chief Jeff Rosier said in a press release that Dew and Blanks were sitting in the parking lot of the Happy Mart at Virgil Street and Powell Boulevard when they were shot. Witness told police the driver of the vehicle fell out of the vehicle after multiple shots rang out around 11:25 p.m. Both men were struck in the torso, the police reported.

Dew died at Columbus Regional and Blanks is still being treated.

Corey Hines and Taquay Montez Newkirk are being sought in connection to Monday’s murder in Whiteville.


Multiple bullets struck the victim’s Chevrolet Equinox, according to investigators, and a number of spent shell casings were found in the parking lot.

“There is information to indicate that contraband and money was inside the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting and investigators are following up on those leads,” the police department press release said.

Investigators said the shooting is likely in retaliation for the Nov. 26 incident at Saw Mill Apartments, Hines and Newkirk are being sought on felony charges for that incident, which did not result in any injuries but caused damage to several vehicles. The victim in that case told police he was sitting in his vehicle when another car pulled in and a gunman exited the vehicle, opening fire.

Hines is listed as a Charlotte resident but is known to spend time in Whiteville. Newkirk is from Whiteville. Both are listed as absconders by N.C. Probation and Parole.

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