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Deputies identify suspect in Johnston convenience store robbery, murder case

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston County sheriff’s deputies have identified a suspect in a Nov. 14 shooting death at the Scotchman convenience store in the McGee’s Crossroads community outside Benson. 

Deputies were dispatched to a 1:26 a.m. robbery and shooting at the store. Authorities say 23-year-old Joseph Shane Bowling of Angier had been shot and killed. 

Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Caldwell said investigators have identified 19-year-old Bobby Gene McLean Jr. as one of two suspects in the case. Deputies say McLean lived in or near Selma or Kenly.

McLean is wanted on arrest warrants charging him with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputies have not released the second suspect’s identity. Caldwell said the case remains under investigation. 

Capt Jeff Caldwell said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing and no other details are bring released.

Anyone with information on McLean’s whereabouts is asked to call the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. 

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