Murder trial set for Wilmington boat shop owner charged in deadly shooting

David Wayne Gore
David Wayne Gore (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The District Attorney’s Office has announced the trial date for a Wilmington boat shop owner charged with murder in connection with a 2017 shooting in Bladen County.

Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee confirmed on Monday that the murder trial for David Wayne Gore, 57, will begin on May 20.

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Gore is charged with murder after he allegedly killed Allen W. Blanchard, 34, of Wilmington.

Investigators say Gore, the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, received a tip that a $200,000 boat stolen from his shop had been spotted in Bladen County.

During his search they say he ran across Blanchard and David Thau loading scrap metal at an abandoned factory. During the confrontation, Gore shot Blanchard in the head. It happened at Squires Timber Mill off NC 210 in the Kelly community on Dec. 23, 2017.

In a 911 call, Gore admitted he was the shooter and said, “I screwed up.”

Gore was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and posted bond the same day.

After Blanchard died from his injuries, investigators charged Gore with murderHe again posted a $100,000 bond, which Blanchard’s widow called “unjust.”

Sheriff Jim McVicker said Squires Timber, which owns the abandoned mill, did not know any of the men involved and did not know they were on the property. Deputies charged Thau with felony larceny.