COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says they need your help finding a second vehicle stolen by suspects in the fatal shooting of three family members at a home near Whiteville over the weekend.
Officials say a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was stolen Sunday night may have been taken by two men wanted in the murder of a 5-year-old boy and the child’s mother and father. The grandmother was also reportedly injured during the shooting.
Columbus County sheriff deputies were called, along with the Brunswick Fire Department and Whiteville Rescue, to a home on Brittany Lane early Saturday.
Authorities identified the dead as 5-year-old Alexis Cipiran Trujillo, 25-year-old Nancy Trujillo Espinoza and 29-year-old Leonel Cipiran Noyola. Reports identify the wounded person as Alexis’ grandmother, 51-year-old Rafaela Noyola Jaramillo.
Deputies are still looking for suspects they say stole the victims’ car, a 2011 silver Ford Fusion.
“After speaking with the victims, one of the males entered the vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, and sped off as the other male left in the Ford Fusion. The suspects listed in this case matched the description of the individuals involved in a triple homicide on Brittany Lane,” the sheriff’s office said. “Additionally, the silver Ford Fusion matched the description of the vehicle stolen from the homicide scene.”
The Ford Fusion later was located on Twin Pines Road.
The suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous. Investigators believe this was a targeted crime and there’s no ongoing threat to the public.