UPDATE - On October 27, 2013 at approximately 1:40 a.m. the Southern Pines Police Department responded to Leather Pockets Billiards, 115 Turner Street, Southern Pines, NC after a uniform officer on patrol in the area of Turner Street reported hearing gunshots being fired.
Responding officers determined five victims in the parking lot of Leather Pockets Billiards, 115 Turner Street had sustained gunshot injuries. These victims were identified as Maurice Donnell White, age 31, Curtis Lee Stubbs Jr., age 22, Derrikes Lamonte McRae, age 38, Jacore Rayshad McKoy, age 22 and Lee Marvin Harris Jr., age 28.
On the morning of October 31, 2013, Maurice Donnell White passed away as a result of a gunshot injury he sustained on the morning of October 27, 2013 and the investigation actively underway by the Southern Pines Police Department is now considered a homicide investigation. Derrikes Lamonte McRae, at the present time, is the only victim still hospitalized and is in stable condition and it is anticipated that he will be released shortly.
The Southern Pines Police Department is requesting that any patron of Leather Pockets Billiards who may have been present on the morning of October 27, 2013 contact the Southern Pines Police Department at the numbers listed below. This witness information is extremely critical in this investigation given the lack of cooperation from the victims in this incident.
In May of 2013, the Southern Pines Police Department, along with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents executed a search and seizure warrant at Leather Pockets, 115 Turner Street in Southern Pines, NC after an undercover investigation determined this establishment was operating as a bar without an alcohol beverage permit issued by the State of North Carolina.
A quantity of alcohol was seized at this time. In June of 2013, an application was received by the Southern Pines Police Department from Leather Pockets Billiards seeking a “Local Government Opinion” required as part of the permitting process mandated in the North Carolina General Statues. On June 6, 2013, Southern Pines Police Chief Robert Temme denied the Alcohol Beverage Permit for Leather Pockets Billiards and notified the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission of the disapproval of the issuance of an alcohol beverage permit citing a pending criminal charge and prior incidents at this location.
On June 10, 2013, Leather Pockets was issued a Temporary Permit by the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to operate as a bar. Following the shooting incident, Leather Pockets Billiards voluntarily surrendered their temporary permit to an Agent from the Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency and at the present time is prohibited from operating as an establishment serving alcohol.
This investigation is active and ongoing. There are no further details or information to be released at this time. As additional information becomes available that can be released without compromising the integrity of this investigation it will be published at the appropriate time.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-692-7031, the Southern Pines Police Department’s Investigation Division at (910) 693-1481 or the Crime Tip Line at (910) 693-4110.