Gaston & Catawba

Gastonia man shot to death

Gastonia police searched throughout the night in an unsuccessful effort to find the person or people responsible for shooting a man to death Thursday night.

Police say a man was found about 9:15 p.m. with a serious gunshot wound in the front of a residence in the 900 block of West Walnut Avenue in northwest Gastonia. He was treated at the scene by emergency medical workers but died of his wounds.

The victim has been identified as Antonio Herrera, a 25-year-old construction worker who lived with several other men at the house where he collapsed. Friends told police that Herrera, who worked for a construction company, had left a short time earlier to walk to a convenience store on nearby Rankin Avenue.

Police searched on foot for several hours and called in a canine search unit, but they did not find a suspect. Robbery is suspected as a motive in the case.