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Man shot and killed at Harrells Raceway


HARRELLS, N.C. (AP) - Investigators say they have someone they want to talk to about the shooting death of another man at a rural North Carolina racetrack.

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton told multiple media outlets he was not ready to release the name of the person of interest.

Authorities say 29-year-old Timothy McKoy of Garland was gunned down after an argument Sunday in the parking lot of Harrells Raceway.

Thornton says the drag races scheduled for Sunday night were canceled after the shooting.

The sheriff says his deputies don't answer a lot of calls at the track, but he asked the owner Monday to beef up security.

The raceway is privately owned and isn't sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association or regulated by the state.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I really hate to hear this.

I really hate to hear this. I have been to Harrell's many times over the years. Never have I witnessed or heard of any problems with either the racers, spectators or owners. My expereinces there have always been very positive. However, this could have happened anywhere, so hopefully the track will not be blamed for something that happened that is beyond their control.

Man killed at Harrell's Raceway

Well, the news about this tragedy has entered another phase. I was there at the track when the shooting happened. My girlfriend came to tell me that a man had pulled a gun and was flashy with it. As I proceeded to head back to my car parked right behind the concession stand when those shots rang out. I ushered my lady back behind a drag trailer, and told her to stay there. I began my walking up the track when a guys wife run past me to offer medical assistance (CPR) to the guy which was gunned down but to no avail the guy was DEAD. Shot in the head.

I have been to Harrell's too many times over the past few years but nothing really happened like this. Fights,ok, so what? The thing I was most concerned with was the fact that there were many, many children around when it all went down. The guy which boldly displayed the weapon had no regard for a child, an adult, and much less himself. With that in mind, I hope & pray the dude that killed the other person is found, tried and convicted of such a heinous crime against another human being.

I am thankful no one else was harmed but to make case & point. Get that, "DEVIL MAN" and make him pay with his life!!!