GATES COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – The Gates County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that happened in the Hobbsville area Saturday morning.
The shooting happened after 9 a.m. on NC-37 in Hobbsville near the intersection with NC-32, according to Sheriff Ed Webb.
“A couple witnesses that came down a short time later found a deceased young man in the field down here,” said Webb.
He says 43-year-old Calvin Jean Bell Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, in a field just feet away from his rural home.
Gates County deputies, along with state police and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, were on NC-37 for more than seven hours Saturday looking for evidence and any clues.
Webb says the investigation is still young, but he believes the incident started as a home invasion. Authorities found drawers inside the home in disarray and there is evidence of multiple gunshots being fired from a number of different weapons.
“We are leaning more toward the possibility a home invasion at this time, and he may have come up and actually caught them during the act,” said Webb. “We know of at least one shotgun blast that was fired at close range. It hit the door frame.”
Deputies are looking for a gold or tan colored crew cab F-series Diesel Ford pickup truck. The truck was seen leaving the area of the shooting traveling north on NC-37 toward the Gatesville area, with four white males inside.
Webb said the truck could have considerable damage because investigators believe it struck a tree when leaving the area. Investigators are not sure which state the truck is registered.
Sheriff Webb is asking anyone who has seen the pickup truck to call their local law enforcement agency or call the Gates Sheriff’s office at 252-357-0210.
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