FAYETTEVILLE – Fayetteville police say a man accused of shooting and killing a Fort Bragg soldier at a nightclub has now turned himself in. Kenneth Clark, 28, was wanted in the death of Spc. Breon Smith.
The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday at the Latin's Congo club on Cumberland Road. Police say Clark shot Smith, who was at the club working as a bouncer, after he asked Clark and his friend to leave the club.
"He had told the suspect he had become loud and boisterous inside the club and he had to leave and he threatened the victim and went out to his car and came back and there was gunfire inside,” said Debbie Tanna, with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
Fort Bragg officials say Smith was from New Bern and worked as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 659th Maintenance Company. A private memorial service for Smith is scheduled for March 30.
Authorities have been called out to the Latin's Congo Club more than a dozen times this year. The calls range from noise complaints to burglary to shots fired.