Crime & Courts

2 sought in fatal Burke County shooting

Authorities are searching for two suspects in the fatal shooting of a man in Burke County.

Christopher Eron Williams, 35, was shot in a mobile home park off Jamestown Road near Morganton early Thursday, Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said. Williams was pronounced dead at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Morganton.

Investigators issued arrest warrants charging William Chase Pate, 29, of Morganton, with murder, and Cordero Louis Thompson, 27, of Valdese, with accessory after the fact of murder. Both should be considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Pate and Thompson is encouraged to call 911, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division at 828-439-4065 or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak