Suspect identified in shooting of Burlington man

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Kenneth Lee Morales

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A man was shot in Burlington during a robbery, according to police.

On Wednesday evening, Burlington police were notified of a gunshot victim in the parking lot of the Sun Trust Bank located at 2221 E. Maple Ave, a press release states.

The victim, William Landon Turnage, 20, suffered a single gunshot wound and was treated at the scene by the Burlington Fire Dept. and Alamance County EMS. He was transported to the UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

A preliminary investigation found that Turnage was driving with three other passengers on the 2100 block of Belmont Street when a second vehicle approached Turnage’s and blocked his path.

A passenger reportedly exited with a gun and confronted Turnage, demanding money. Turnage and two of his passengers exited the vehicle to confront the alleged robber, and Turnage was shot in the altercation. Turnage returned to his vehicle and drove to the bank’s parking lot where he called emergency services.

Police determined that the incident came as a result of a failed drug transaction that took place between some of the involved parties.

The suspect, Kenneth Lee Morales, 19, has been charged with attempted murder and four counts of armed robbery. Hannah Smithey, 17, and Victoria Canady, 17, were also charged with one count of armed robbery each for their involvement, the release said.

Smithey and Canady are in custody and are being held under a $10,000 secured bond. Morales remains at large.

Anyone with information on this case or with knowledge of the whereabouts of Morales is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or anonymously to Burlington/Alamance Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.