Lumberton man pronounced dead at convenience store parking lot.
By Daniel Elizondo, Editor
A Lumberton man is dead following a fatal shooting that was sparked by what police say was a botched drug deal.
James Steven Clem, 27, was pronounced dead at the Shop-N-Go convenience store on Highway 69 in Kountze, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the shoulder at around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
According to Kountze Police Chief Brent Slaughter, Clem and two females, one being his common-law wife, were near a vacant home at the corner of 4th Street and Beech Street in Kountze to purchase drugs in an F-150 pickup extended cab pickup.
During the deal, one male attempted to take the money from Clem, who was driving the pickup, and fired one round of a 40 caliber pistol that struck the driver in the left shoulder, police said.