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NC murder suspect arrested in Gainesville
Clemente Hernandez-Mojica
Clemente Hernandez-Mojica

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Hall County law enforcement arrested a North Carolina man being sought on murder and assault charges in connection with a shooting there.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said last week that its detectives were searching for Clemente Hernandez-Mojica, a suspect accused of shooting two people in Zebulon on the morning of Dec. 10, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported

Antonio Franco, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Antonia Cisneros, 33, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, according to the sheriff's office, which also said Cisneros was Hernandez-Mojica’s former girlfriend and the mother of their children.

Hernandez-Mojica was taken into custody Saturday in Gainesville, which is nearly 400 miles southwest of Zebulon, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

According to Hall County Jail records, Hernandez-Mojica was booked at 11:48 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and was released Wednesday, Dec. 15, on his hold to other law enforcement.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office received information that Hernandez-Mojica was at a Hall County residence. After verifying the tip, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Saturday morning in the 2900 block of Horseshoe Bend in East Hall.

Capt. Jeff Caldwell with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that warrants have been drawn charging Hernandez-Mojica with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.

Nick Watson of The Times contributed to this article.

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