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Surveillance images of a person and vehicle have been released. The person seen in the grainy images is believed to have information pertinent to the investigation.
The vehicle is described as a 2013 or newer model Ford Fusion, red or burgundy in color.
Fayetteville police said the shooting happened just before 12:30 a.m.
Howard, of Raeford, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
The case is being investigated as a homicide.
Detectives are requesting for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident to contact them. Crimestoppers if offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Those with information are asked to call detective T. Aughburns at (910) 703-1166 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).