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2/23/2021 8:48:00 AM
Double Homicide Update

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Two young men from Taylorsville, including the one originally charged in the double homicide of last Thursday (Feb. 18th) in western Gaston County, are now in the Gaston County Jail.

19-year-old Michael Shane Barnes had been charged over the weekend with two counts of first degree murder and one of attempted first degree murder in the shooting incident of last week in the Tryon community of western Gaston County northwest of Bessemer City.

At 11:45 Thursday night, officers responded to a report of a shooting near the intersection of Lowery Wood Road and Lewis Farm Road. Upon arrival, they found Robert Lucas (Luke) Gibby, 22, of Bessemer City, and Adam Kale Wood, 19, of Kings Mountain, dead near the intersection. Approximately two hours later, another young man, 21-year-old Todd Payton Lee Waggoner, of Winston-Salem, sought treatment at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in that city, for non-life threatening injuries. Waggoner was reported to have been at the scene of the shooting earlier in the night. Waggoner was treated and released for multiple gunshot wounds. He was arrested on six drug charges in Gaston County related to the shootings, which were apparently a drug deal gone bad. The charges against Waggoner include marijuana possession and conspiracy to sell and deliver marijuana. He apparently escaped the fate of Wood and Gibby by playing dead after being shot, then traveled to his home city for treatment. He remains in the Gaston County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

Police investigation came up with a suspect, and charges were filed against
Barnes, who was 18 when the shootings happened (his 19th birthday was Saturday). He was apprehended just after midnight Monday morning (Feb. 22nd) as he left a room at the Quality Inn in Wilkesboro. He was booked into the Gaston County Jail at 7:48 am Monday morning.

Further investigation led police to charge Kaleb Isiah Carver, 21, of Taylorsville, with two counts of first degree murder. He was booked into the Gaston County Jail at 6:19 pm Monday evening.


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