This is the first of what will be an occasional string of unsolved murders and other mysteries in Robeson and Lumberton County – editor.
LUMBERTON – The family of a man shot two years ago want answers to what happened and have $ 20,000 for anyone who can provide them.
Warren Bradford Fields, 38, died of injuries sustained when he was shot on November 7, 2017, while alone in his campervan, located at 603B Franklin Ave. in Lumberton.
“I hope this will bring someone in,” said Lynette Cauley, Fields’ mother.
Cauley said she wants justice for Fields, who goes by name Brad, and that one way to do that is to keep her face in the public eye. She plans to rent a billboard near Second Street in Lumberton and display the award under a photo of Fields.
âI might be wrong, but someone is going to talk,â she said. âIt could be 10 years from now, but someone’s going to talk. Anyone know something. You don’t do that and you don’t tell anyone, I think. I think they would almost brag about it.
At approximately 10:59 p.m. on the night of the shooting, Fields, who was living alone, was shot several times. A neighbor heard the shots and called him.
“Brad said, ‘I was shot, call 911,'” said Cauley.
He was treated at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and then taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. Fields lost his left leg to a perforated artery from the shooting. Bullet fragments lodged in his kidneys and pancreas, which slowly came to a stop.
During this time, Fields was kept sedated in a medically induced coma, Cauley said. He would die 16 days later on Thanksgiving Day.
Cauley said she was haunted by one particular question.
“I just want to know, why did you think you had to kill him?” she said. âWhoever shot him wanted to kill him. “
Investigators agree that the gunshot death was calculated due to the proximity of where the shots were fired at the camper van.
“The person (s) who approached this camper that night must have known specific directions to approach due to neighbors, lighting and dogs,” said Detective David Williford of the Police Department. from Lumberton.
Lumberton Police Captain Terry Parker said the person (s) likely knew of the RV layout and were inside.
The victim did not own a phone or participate in social media interactions, which left little or no electronic lead for investigators to follow, Williford said.
Investigators listen to taped interviews, review notes and schedule further interviews with witnesses, he said. But they need the public’s help.
âSomeone has this information that can help us resolve this matter,â Parker said.
Any advice or leads, regardless of size, will be followed, the captain said.
âIf you’ve heard something, seen something or know something, give us a call or share that information with us,â Parker said.
Fields was a truck driver and had always wanted to grow up, his mother said.
He was around 6 feet 3 inches tall, had blond hair and brown eyes, and was known as a “green bean” because of his slim physique. It was a nickname he proudly wore in a tattoo on his arm. But, more than his nickname or his love for ranch dressing, he was known for his kind heart.
âBrad was just a good boy,â said Cauley.
In his spare time, Fields worked on cars, something he enjoyed doing with his father, the late Warren Fields, as he grew up. He often only charged clients $ 10 or $ 20 for hours worked because he knew they couldn’t pay more.
But, after the truck driver injured his hand while on the job when he was almost 20, his life changed dramatically.
Multiple trips to orthopedic surgeons and reconstructive hand surgery contributed to Fields’ addiction to painkillers, Cauley said. He went into a downward spiral after the injury, but the addiction never destroyed his character.
Cauley said everyone who knew Fields recognized him. Even in the shadow of addiction, people thought about him well and respected him, she said.
In the wake of his son’s death, Cauley wants one thing.
“I want my son to get justice, I want him to suffer the same way my son did,” she said. “But I don’t want them to die, I want them to stay in isolation for the rest of their lives.”
Fields is survived by his mother, stepfather Dean Cauley, sister Lindsey, nephew Brady, 8, and niece Maddy, 6.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Williford or Detective Yvette Pitts of the Lumberton Police Department by calling 910-671-3845.
Lynette Cauley, mother of Warren Bradford Field, holds an award flyer which states that a reward of $ 20,000 will be offered to the person who presents information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) who murdered his son.