Answers elusive in fatal shooting

No suspect identified in Thursday incident
Apr. 13, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Police are searching for information about a Thursday night shooting on Dudley Avenue that left one Spring Lake man dead.

A suspect has not been named or apprehended as of press time Friday, according to Sanford Police Department Capt. David Smith.

Benjamin Shelvin Jr., 28, of the 300 block of McKay Drive, Spring Lake, was taken to Central Carolina Hospital for a gunshot wound in the chest at 10:30 p.m., according a police release. Shelvin later died from his injuries.

Police were on the scene at the 400 block of Dudley Avenue for more than an hour Thursday night leading into Friday morning.

Funeral arrangements for Shelvin are incomplete and will be announced by Knotts Funeral Home of Sanford. Attempts to reach Shelvin's family were unsuccessful.

Smith said he couldn't comment on the case, or about why Shelvin was in Sanford. However, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Shelvin was listed as absconder from probation and parole supervision.

Shelvin served 17 months of jail time between 2004 to 2006 in Harnett County after being convicted of felony larceny of a firearm, misdemeanor communicating threats and felony breaking and entering, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections. He also served seven months in 2008 for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.