Authorities investigate shooting of 70-year-old

June 4, 2008 6:18:51 PM PDT
Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 70-year-old.

Cumberland County investigators are trying to figure out what lead to a shooting at a huse on Roslin Farm Road that left one man dead.

Deputies responded Tuesday after just before 6 after receiving a 911 call that John Powell had been shot.

"When the emergency crews arrived on scene they found the victim was not breathing," sheriff's spokesperson Debbie Tanna said. "They began administering CPR and when they were not able to revive him they contacted the sheriff's office."

Tanna says Powell was not conscious when medics rushed him to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. That's where he died. Investigators say Powell's wound was not self-inflicted.

"This is a shooting death investigation," Tanna said. "We're not suspecting a suicide at this time."

Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry of no home invasion. Authorities aren't asking the public for help in solving the case. They say they're questioning a person of interest.

"Well, right now we're still investigating," Tanna said. "We still need to determine exactly how this person died, so the body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office. We are investigating. We are working on some leads right now, but at this moment, we're not prepared to talk about them."

Autorities confirm Pwell's wife was home at the time of the shooting, but they are not calling her a suspect.


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