2/10/2018 6:39:00 AM Fatal Shooting Resulted From Attempted Robbery
(Left) Cory Aaron Ingram, 22, of 2253 Story St., Lincolnton and (Right) Dylan Lee Gates, 22, of 400 Victory Grove Church Rd., Lincolnton
(Photos Courtesy Catawba County Sheriff's Office)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
That Wednesday evening (Feb. 7th) shooting incident off Startown Road near the Catawba-Lincoln County line that left a teenager dead was apparently an attempted robbery that went awry.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office issued a news release late Friday saying that after interviewing witnesses and examining evidence, investigators had determined that three young men had attempted to rob a person at the residence on Fairview Drive and in the exchange of gunfire that occurred, one of them was mortally wounded.
The deceased youth was identified as Shane Cauthen. His accomplices were identified as Dylan Lee Gates and Cory Aaron Ingram. Gates and Ingram are 22, Cauthen was 17-years-old. All three had Lincolnton addresses.
Captain Brian Kelly with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division said with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Lincolnton Police Department, Gates and Ingram were arrested Friday and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. They were jailed, each under a $25,000 bond, pending a district court hearing in Newton Monday (Feb. 12th).
The investigation into the case continues, but the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said it appears the trio went to the home in the 4000 block of Fairview Drive with the intent of robbing another 17-year-old at that address. Cauthen, they say, fired a shot at the teen they intended to rob and he fired several shots in return. Cauthen was shot four times. Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies found him in a vehicle stopped on the side of the road; he was transported to CHS-Lincoln but he was pronounced dead there.
On Thursday, the day after the shooting, members of Cauthen's family went to the home and the brother of the teen who shot Cauthen greeted them with an AR-15 rifle asking them to leave. No charges were filed in that incident since deputies said it appeared he brandished the rifle in self-defense.
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