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15-year-old charged with murder, attempted murder in weekend shootings in Sanford

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Police on Monday ended a two-day search for a 15-year-old suspected of fatally shooting a 48-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.

The juvenile, whose name has not been made public, has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a Sanford Police Department.

Police were dispatched to 2218 Dalrymple Street on Saturday following reports of a shooting at the home.

Officers went inside and found Monty Leroy Simmons with multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police found a second person, a 16-year-old girl, who was also struck by multiple gunshots.

Emergency workers transported the teen, identified by WRAL as Aaliyah Chalmers, to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospitals. She was listed in stable condition Saturday night, police said.

It was just before 11 p.m. Saturday when investigators reported that a secure custody order had been obtained charging the 15-year-old for the shootings.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the shootings, or whether the accused teen was acquainted with the victims.

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