Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a domestic dispute where a mother and her daughter were shot. Charges have been filed against a suspect in this case. Deputies were dispatched to a residence off Noles Circle north of Lincolnton at 11:54 p.m. Wednesday (August 5) after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call about the incident.
The first officers on the scene discovered a 33-year-old Lincolnton woman lying on the floor of the kitchen with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to the back. Nearby was a seven-year-old female with a single gunshot wound in the back. Lincoln County EMS arrived on the scene and began assisting the injured people. The mother and daughter were transported to Atrium Health – Main.
The suspect in the incident is 27-year-old Paul Eric Lamkin, Jr. of Maiden Highway in Lincolnton. Police say he discharged a firearm into a residence then fled into a wooded area before officers arrived on the scene. Deputies began searching the wood line off Horseshoe Lake Road when they heard someone call for help. They discovered that Lamkin had fallen from a 50-foot cliff into a quarry and had a head wound along with other injuries. He was ordered to drop his .38 caliber pistol and complied with officers.
Lamkin was carried out of the wooded area by EMS and transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Warrants have been issued charging Lamkin with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and one felony count of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. The warrants will be served when Lamkin is released from the hospital.