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By Paul Keane


One man is dead and the search for a suspect continues after a Sunday night shooting in Waynesboro.

Cureon C. Pope, 20, of Waynesboro, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Wayne General Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck, according to Wayne County Coroner David Pugh. He was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. Sunday and his body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Investigators with the Waynesboro Police Department are searching for a suspect or suspects in the incident that occurred at the intersection of Glitter Lane and Spring Street at roughly 11 p.m. Sunday.

According to WPD Chief Oscar Lewis, Pope was driving his Dodge Charger on Spring Street when he was struck by gunfire. He then crashed his vehicle into a brick post located in front of Sweet Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Officers responded to the incident at 11 p.m. Sunday.

"We are still trying to figure everything out, and we are following a number of leads," Lewis said. He added that it was not known if the assailants were on foot or in another vehicle at the time of the incident.

"We are following several angles and gathering information at this time," Lewis said. "This is an ongoing investigation, so we can't release much information at this time."

Lewis encouraged the public not to take matters in their own hands in regards to this situation.
"Let us do our job," he said. "Please, don't take the law into your own hands."

Pope was a 2012 graduate of Wayne County High School, where he worked and played with the basketball team. In his senior year, he was one of 25 student-athletes to be recognized at an honors banquet.
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