A violent confrontation unfolded on Wednesday in the parking lot of a furniture store called Ernie Morris Enterprises. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has begun a meticulous investigation into the incident that left one dead and another critically injured.
Law enforcement arrived at the store around 7:40 a.m. in response to a reported shooting. The deputies’ swift four-minute response, however, wasn’t enough to save the victims of the brutal altercation.
On reaching the scene, the officers found 23-year-old Hamilton Darwin fatally wounded, while 20-year-old Ja’Mychael Peavy lay injured. Peavy is currently receiving medical treatment at a nearby hospital and is expected to face a felony murder charge once his condition stabilizes.
Stacie Miller, a representative of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, relayed the initial findings of the investigation. It appears that the two men were temporary employees at the furniture store. A heated dispute escalated into physical violence in the store’s rear parking lot, and both individuals drew weapons and fired at each other.
It’s unknown what led to the deadly exchange of gunfire. Witnesses present at the scene are being interviewed to piece together the incident’s circumstances. In addition, law enforcement is awaiting Peavy’s recovery in hopes of shedding light on what took place.