Derrick Bethea, 30, of 1318 Tara Drive and William McKoy, 19, of 614 Douglas St. were shot and killed by Lashon Fairley, according to Laurinburg police.
Both men died in front of Brothers in the Hood Market, authorities said. The shopping center is at intersection of Aberdeen Road and North Main Street.
Chris Young, chief detective of the Laurinburg Police Department said the shooting occurred around 10:45 a.m Saturday. Young said after Fairley saw Bethea and McKoy pull into the parking lot, he called his girlfriend and brother to come to the his location.
“When they arrived he retrieved an AK-47 assault rifle and fired into the vehicle where Bethea and McKoy were,” Young said.
Wanda Bethea, the aunt of Derrik Bethea told The Fayetteville Observer newspaper that her nephew and Fairley used to be friends, but the friendship soured after Fairley lost a dog fight last year. She also said that her nephew had received previous death threats before the shooting.
An employee of Brothers in the Hood Market who lives across from the store said he heard the gunshots Saturday morning.
“I thought someone was robbing the store, but when I went over I saw the cops and two guys on the ground,” he said.
Fairley,33 of the 500 block of Produce Market Road, was charged Sunday morning with two counts of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, according to Young.
He is being held without bail in the Scotland County jail.