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Suspect with possible white supremacist ties arrested in shooting of gay man

Stancil following his arrest in Florida.

Stancil following his arrest in Florida.

Current photos of suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III.

Current photos of suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III.

The suspect in a Goldsboro, N.C., campus shooting on Monday was arrested early Tuesday morning in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Suspect Kenneth Morgan Stancil III shot his victim on the campus of Wayne Community College on Monday morning. The victim is a gay man and Stancil might have white supremacist leanings.

Chuck Tobin, left, and his boyfriend Ron Lane, right. Lane was fatally shot by a campus shooter on April 13. In what appears to be an unrelated case, Tobin disappeared last July and was found dead in November.

Chuck Tobin, left, and his boyfriend Ron Lane, right. Lane was fatally shot by a campus shooter on April 13. In what appears to be an unrelated case, Tobin disappeared last July and was found dead in November.

Stancil following his arrest in Florida.

Stancil following his arrest in Florida.

Stancil was taken into custody by Volusia County Beach Patrol officers after he was found sleeping on the beach, a violation of local ordinances. He was found with a knife. Stancil is being held without bond and Goldsboro police have said they’ll work with local authorities in Florida to have him brought back to North Carolina.

The Wayne Community College campus was placed on lockdown Monday after Stancil’s shooting and the death of victim Ron Lane, a longtime employee of the college.

Police have said they do not believe the shooting was random. At a press conference on Tuesday morning, reported by news station WITN, police said the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police also said the face tattoo was completed as recently as Saturday. They are investigating it’s “possible connection to white supremacy,” the news station reported.

Stancil, 20, was a recent student at Wayne Community College apparently studying welding. He is an Eagle Scout graduated in 2013 from Southern Wayne High School. At the college, he had a work-study position in the print shop, managed by Lane, an 18-year employee of the college. News station WNCN reports that Lane recently fired Stancil, according to a relative of Lane.

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Debbie Jean Edwards Stancil, who identified herself as the suspect’s mother, messaged WNCN via Facebook. She confirmed Stancil had been fired by Lane.

“I have the letter that showed he was terminated without consent,” Debbie Stancil told the news station, adding that Lane had “made inappropriate sexual advances toward him.”

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