Double homicide in Forest City under investigation

Photo courtesy of Keely McBrayer

FOREST CITY, N.C. (WSPA) — Two people were shot and killed Friday night, according to Forest City Police.

The shooting happened around 11:15 p.m. on the 300 block of Arlington Street, reports the Forest City PD.

Officials say a man was found dead at the home and a woman was transported to Rutherford Regional, where she later died.

The victims have been identified as Akir Samad Hooper, 34 and Stephanie Lynn Walker, 37, according to the Forest City Police Department. They both lived at the home where the fatal shootings took place.

Two juveniles who live at the home where the shooting took place were able to run and were not injured, according to police.

The Forest City Police Department says an unidentified male suspect is still at large and that no arrests have been made.

Police say they believe the shooting was not a random act and was premeditated. Officers say the suspect was familiar with the victims.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Forest City Police with the investigation.

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