Two who died from gunshot wounds in Warsaw identified

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WARSAW, N.C. (WNCT) – Warsaw police are investigating a shooting that killed two people on Monday.

On the evening of November 22, patrol officers with the Warsaw Police Department responded around 7:45 p.m. to a report of shots fired in the area of Yancey Street and Matthews Street.

On the scene, officers discovered two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other subjects were transported to area hospitals with life non-threatening injuries.

Tuesday evening, Warsaw police said the two people who died were Phillip Troublefield, 32, and Debbie Castillo Cortez, 24, both of Warsaw.

Warsaw police said the two victims who were injured and transported by EMS were juveniles. One of the juveniles was transported to Vidant Duplin where they were treated and released. The other juvenile was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where they are currently listed in stable condition.

Investigators continue to consult with the District Attorney’s office and are being careful not to compromise the investigation at this early stage. Investigators want the public to know that there is no evidence to believe there is a threat to the public.

One woman was inside her home watching TV with her daughter when one of the bullets came through her living room. She showed 9 On Your Side where it hit and said she crawled to her bedroom for safety and called the police.

Other neighbors told us they heard the shots and saw the police cars outside.

The Warsaw Police Department is investigating the incident with the assistance of the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation. Further information will be released as the investigation continues.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Castillo Cortez, which you can find here.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Warsaw Police Department at (910)-293-7816 or email the tip line at

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