Crime & Courts

Lenoir Food Lion manager shot; suspect sought

Police have obtained warrants for William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr., 44, of Lenoir, in connection with the shooting of a Food Lion supermarket manager in Lenoir. When they find him, he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Police have obtained warrants for William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr., 44, of Lenoir, in connection with the shooting of a Food Lion supermarket manager in Lenoir. When they find him, he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. LENOIR POLICE DEPARTMENT

The manager of a Food Lion in Lenoir was shot several times in the store’s parking lot Sunday morning, and police said they were searching for the assailant, who was considered armed and dangerous.

Michael Ray Keller’s injuries were so severe he had to be airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was taken to surgery, but his condition was not available.

Police found Keller, 50, lying in the parking lot of the Food Lion on U.S. 64. He was “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body,” Lenoir police said in a news release.

Police refused to discuss the motive for the assault, which took place just before 7 a.m., but said there was no indication it was related to the supermarket.

Police obtained warrants for William “Bill” Edgar Mudd Jr., 44, of Lenoir. When they find him, he will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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