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Man accused of fatally shooting woman, Lincolnton police say

The department said this was being considered a 2nd-degree murder.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — A man is facing charges after a deadly shooting in Lincolnton.

The Lincolnton Police Department said the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday night along North Flint Street. 46-year-old Valeska Keely Ward was taken to a hospital for treatment but later passed away.

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The suspect was identified as Muhammed Ali Camp, and police confirmed he was taken into custody. While charges remain pending, a news release from the department listed the offense as 2nd-degree.

While Camp is in custody, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who could offer more information is asked to call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900.

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