Man falls off 50-foot cliff after shooting mother, 7-year-old daughter in Lincoln County


August 6, 2020

Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a domestic dispute where a mother and her daughter were shot.

Deputies were dispatched to a residence off Noles Circle north of Lincolnton at 11:54 p.m. on August 5, 2020 after the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call about the incident.

The first officers on the scene discovered a female, Taylor Whitaker, 33, of Maiden Highway, Lincolnton, NC, lying on the floor of the kitchen with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds to the back.  Nearby was a 7-year-old female with a single gunshot wound in the back.  Lincoln County EMS arrived on the scene and began assisting the injured people.  The mother and daughter were transported to Atrium Health – Main.

The suspect in the incident, Paul Eric Lamkin, Jr., 27, of Maiden Highway, Lincolnton, NC who had discharged a firearm into a residence fled into a wooded area before officers arrived on the scene.  Deputies began searching the wood line off Horseshoe Lake Road when they heard someone call for help.  They discovered Paul Lamkin who had fallen from a 50-foot cliff into a quarry and had a head and other injuries. He was ordered to drop his .38 caliber pistol and complied with officers.  He was then carried out of the wooded area by EMS and transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

Warrants have been issued charging Lamkin with two felony counts of attempted first degree murder and one felony count of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.  The warrants will be served when Lamkin is released from the hospital.

Author: Margaret Beveridge