WHITEVILLE — Authorities say two men are dead after they shot one another during an argument in Columbus County.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a report of a shooting Thursday morning east of Tabor City. When the deputies arrived, they found James Bernard Soles with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The sheriff’s office said Soles told deputies that he had been shot by his stepson, 16-year-old Gregory Javon McKinnies, who himself was shot multiple times by Soles.
Deputies found that McKinnies was taken to a hospital in Loris, S.C., where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Soles was also taken to the Loris hospital, where he died.
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday in Raleigh.