Man charged in club shooting

First Posted: 3:53 pm - August 24th, 2015 Updated: 6:30 am - August 25th, 2015.

By Corey Friedman - cfriedman@civitasmedia.com

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BENNETTSVILLE — A North Carolina man is charged with shooting five people at the State Line Club last weekend, Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight said Monday.

Traquan Dominic Wall, 19, of 1324 Cauthen Drive, Rockingham, is accused in an Aug. 16 shooting at the nightclub located a few hundred feet inside Marlboro County near the South Carolina state line.

Rockingham police arrested Wall on marijuana charges three days after the shooting. Marlboro County deputies obtained warrants for his arrest in connection with the shooting, investigations Lt. Jamie Seales said.

“Investigators were able to piece together the events and found witnesses that came forward,” Seales explained in a Monday statement.

Deputies have not identified the five shooting victims, who were all released after receiving treatment at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham and Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet.

Several other club patrons sustained cuts from broken glass while running from the gunfire, Seales said. They also were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from Richmond County hospitals.

Wall faces five counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and one count possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Seales said detectives met with Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers to determine appropriate charges.

Wall is currently being held in the Richmond County Detention Center on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be extradited to South Carolina to be formally charged in the shooting case.

Detectives are still investigating the motive, Seales said, and a probe into suspected alcohol law violations at the club is ongoing.

Employees of the State Line Club were cleaning the establishment with “water and bleach” before Marlboro County deputies arrived, Seales said last week.

Bleach is often used to remove bloodstains and could compromise evidence by degrading DNA at the scene of an assault.

In a release following the shooting last week, Seales said Marlboro County deputies and the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division were investigating “numerous possible violations…that concern ABC laws and illegal activity that routinely may occur in the State Line Club.”

Investigators are working to determine if Wall acted alone or whether others were involved in the shooting, Seales said.

Anyone with information can call the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office at 843-479-5605.

Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and follow him on Twitter @corey_friedman.


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