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8/18/2020 2:13:00 PM
Lamkin Arrested On Charges From August 5 Shooting Incident
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A Lincoln County man wanted in connection with a shooting incident that left a woman and her 7-year-old child injured has been arrested.

Paul Eric Lamkin, Jr., 27, of Maiden Highway, Lincolnton, NC was arrested on August 17, 2020 by Gaston County Sheriff’s deputies when he was released from Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. He was transported to the Gaston-Lincoln County line where he was turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies.

Lamkin was transported to the Lincoln County magistrate’s office on a True Bill of Indictment handed down by the Lincoln County Grand Jury. Lamkin was indicted on two felony counts of attempted murder, two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm into occupied property causing serious bodily injury. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 1, 2020.

Lamkin is accused of shooting into the dwelling with bullets striking Taylor Whitaker, 33, of Maiden and her seven-year-old daughter in the back. Lamkin then fled the scene and ran through a wooded area off Horseshoe Lake Road. While fleeing, he fell from a 50-foot cliff in an abandoned quarry. He was carried out of the quarry by Lincoln County EMS and transported to Caromont in Gastonia. The mother and daughter were transported to Atrium Health – Main.



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