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Deputies ID 4 victims in fatal shooting

Bodies found on Christmas Eve; deaths investigated

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Four people were found dead Saturday afternoon following a shooting at a Wilson County home, and an around-the-clock investigation kept authorities at the scene throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday identified the victims as 54-year-old Tammy Lynette Pearce, 28-year-old Paul Shane Pearce, 47-year-old Selby Gene Outland and 23-year-old Dominique Nicole Privette.

A relative said Tammy and Paul Pearce were mother and son and Outland and Privette, respectively, were their significant others.

Deputies were called to the 2200 block of Banks Lane East outside Wilson at 12:53 p.m. Saturday after a family member found the victims, who all lived at the home. The shooting likely happened late Friday night or early Saturday morning, said Wanda Samuel, chief of staff at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

“We believe that this is an isolated incident and motive has not been determined at this time,” Samuel said in a statement. “We are still conducting interviews and following up on investigative leads.”

Authorities have not identified a suspect and have not said whether anyone is wanted in connection to the killings.

Luis Cuentes, who has lived on Banks Lane for more than four years, said he remembered hearing four or five gunshots.

“It just makes you afraid, because your neighborhood is not safe anymore,” said Fernando Mora, who accompanied Cuentes to the corner to ask deputies blocking the road about access to their home on Saturday.

Mora said he wasn’t aware of any violent crime on his street in the time he’s lived there.

“Just a couple of things going missing,” he said, “but nothing this big.”

Banks Lane was blocked during the investigation, and a line of marked and unmarked cars were parked along the right side. The sheriff’s office mobile command post and a home cordoned off by yellow tape was visible in the distance.

Several people who said they were related to the victims consoled each other at the corner of Banks Lane and N.C. 42. They declined to answer questions before leaving the street Saturday.

Deputies remained at the scene for more than 24 hours, and Banks Lane remained closed to traffic as of Sunday evening.

A woman identified as a daughter of Tammy Pearce has set up a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe.com and is seeking donations to help with burial expenses.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 252-237-2118.

cfriedman@wilsontimes.com | 265-7813

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