Fatal Alexander shooting stemmed from altercation


Pictured above: Antonio Castillo – Picture courtesy of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office


On Sunday, March 24, 2019, at approximately 11:44 AM, Alexander County 911 received a call in reference to a subject that had been shot. Officers responded to a residence located on Middle Road in the Stony Point Community of Alexander County. Officers arrived on the scene and found Blade Mckinley Campbell, W/M, age 23 of Taylorsville deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. It is believed that Mr. Campbell and Antonio Castillo, Hispanic Male, age 22 of Stony Point were in an altercation when Castillo pulled a pistol and shot Campbell.

A BOLO for Antonio Castillo was immediately put out for his arrest. Castillo was believed to be traveling in a 2006 Nissan Altima, dark in color. At approximately 4:00 PM, the vehicle was located on Pierpoint Lane in Taylorsville. Castillo was not located with the vehicle. At approximately 4:20 PM, officers located Castillo at a residence on Jessica Lee Lane (across from Pierpoint Lane) in Taylorsville. Officers approached the residence. Castillo began running through a field. Officers gave chase and arrested Castillo. Officers located two bags on Castillo, containing an AR-15 along with numerous rounds of ammunition. The AR-15 was not the weapon used in the incident.

Castillo was charged with Murder and is currently being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under no bond. His first appearance is scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2019 in Alexander County District Court. More charges may follow.

As of this time, the murder weapon used in this incident has not been located. Anyone with information regarding this incident, please call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at (828)632-1111 or Alexander County CrimeStoppers at (828)632-8555.

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