A father still was in critical condition Monday after a Saturday afternoon shooting that killed his son.
Nai Lor, 45, was on life support at a Charlotte hospital after a shooting that also killed his 21-year-old son, Jacob Hmoo Lor, on Saturday, said Maj. Ryan Lander with the Morganton Department of Public Safety.
Pheng Lee, 41, of 4097 Sundown Road in Morganton, was charged with murder in the killing of Jacob Lor, according to a previous News Herald article.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation all the way around, any way you look at it,” Lander said. “Peoples lives have changed after Saturday.”
Search warrants indicated that several family members told police Lee had shot the father and son in their heads in the living room of their house at 112 Ross St. just after noon on Saturday.
The family members said they heard a gunshot, then Lee came into the room they were in and shot Jacob Lor, the search warrants said.
Family members and witnesses also said Lee used methamphetamine and possibly used other drugs, according to one of the search warrants. Another warrant indicated that a pill bottle with a white crystal substance in it was seized from the home on Ross Street.
Video taken in patrol cars showed Lee leaving the site of the shooting on a bicycle, the search warrants said. Officers didn’t know Lee was a suspect at the time the dash cam footage was taken.
He was found about an hour and a half after the shooting on Sundown Road, the warrants said.
Tina Hudson told News Herald news partner WSOCTV that she saw Lee riding his bike.
“He was just riding casually riding along pedaling his bicycle,” Hudson said. “Just casually riding.”
A .40-caliber Glock 27 was found in Lee’s possession when he was picked up by Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the search warrants said.
When Lee was interviewed by police, he denied his involvement in the shooting, according to the search warrants. He admitted that the gun was his, and said he carried it for protection.
One of the Lors’ neighbors, Tony Paccettie, said he saw Lee come in on a bicycle, heard two shots, then saw Lee leaving on a bicycle.
“The only thing I know about the family is they opened the door, he come and shoot,” Paccettie said. “That’s it ... just shot. Cold blood shot. Just like that.”
This wasn’t Lee’s first run-in with the law. Court documents show that he was accused of going to a business with a gun and threatening some people there in April 2018, but the charges against him were dropped in October 2018.
Paccettie, who has lived next to the Lors for 27 years, is mourning the loss like he would his own family. He remembered when Jacob Lor was born.
“We’ve known each other since he was a little kid,” Paccettie said. “When he was born, I had to carry him in my arm. Now I’m not gonna carry him in my arm but in a coffin ... this is awful.”