S.C. teen arrested in Laurinburg shooting

By Nolan Gilmour - [email protected]


LAURINBURG — Authorities have arrested a man wanted in a shooting that took place over the weekend that injured two people, including a 12-year-old boy, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.

Authorities were searching for a South Carolina teenager in connection with Friday’s shootings.

Paul “Bang Out” Benthall III, 18, of 3635 Academy Road in McColl, was arrested Monday afternoon after he surrendered to police. He is being held at the Scotland County Detention Center.

Laurinburg police say Benthall opened fire on the two victims Friday at about 11:52 p.m. on Pitt Street near South Caledonia Road in Laurinburg.

Police Chief Darwin “Duke” Williams declined to discuss a motive or what tied Benthall to the crime.

After reports of gun shots, police said they arrived at the scene to find Demontray Demore Graham, 23, of Laurinburg lying in the road suffering from a gunshot wound. Police discovered that a 12-year-old boy had also been injured by the gunfire.

Investigators did not provide the child’s name or say if he was related to Graham.

Graham and the 12-year-old — a student at Carver Middle School — were treated and released from Scotland Memorial Hospital.

Police said they plan to charge Benthall with attempted murder; assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury; and intentionally discharging a firearm within city limits once he is apprehended.

Williams urged residents with information about the shooting to contact the Laurinburg Police Department at 910-276-3211.


By Nolan Gilmour

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Reach Nolan Gilmour at 910-506-3171

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