The incident happened Nov. 20 just before 10 p.m. on Parker Street in Spring Lake.
Officers received a 911 call and were able to trace it to Efrem Cordez Lawrence, who was lying in a open field suffering from a gunshot wound.
Lawrence was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.
Lawrence was able to identify his shooter as 26-year-old Marrvette King.
Police are still investigating the incident and say King is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the whereabouts of King is asked to contact the Spring Lake Police Department at (910) 436-0350.