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Bragg soldier sought in Fayetteville parking lot murder

Posted January 31, 2011

— Fayetteville police issued warrants for a Bragg soldier Monday in connection with the shooting death of a Fayetteville man.

Brandon Joseph Mims, 20, is wanted in the murder of Michael Ray Staggs, 22, whose body was found inside his car in a strip mall parking lot Saturday night. Mims is charged with first-degree murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Witnesses said the car was riddled with bullet holes. Staggs had been shot in the head.

Mims was last seen driving a black 1976 Harley Davidson motorcycle with Florida license tag 52APD in the Hope Mills area Sunday. He is stationed at Fort Bragg, but authorities said he has friends and family in Key West, Fla., and may be heading that way.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477 or Fayetteville police at 910-433-1830. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to arrests in felony cases.

Friends plan to hold a vigil for Staggs on Tuesday night.


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  • warmfuzzz Feb 1, 2011

    The young man killed was in college! He was getting an education. Not drugs people.

  • dougbogard Feb 1, 2011

    Jbarron4950 The race card is unwarranted. Unfortunately people of all races have individuals who do not respect life.
    Education is the answer to stop the violence. Education starts with family and friends. Somewhere the hate has to stop. It can start with us or our children. As long as the race card is played nothing will ever change.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 1, 2011

    jbarron4950 -- So are you saying that you don't sterotype either? I'm not saying it's right...but we all do it.

  • jbarron4950 Feb 1, 2011

    Maybe it was a drug deal gone bad. If the participants had been Black, this site would have been filled with comments like, drug deal gone bad, let me see his rap sheet, must be gang related, I'm not surprised, look at the pictures etc. Where are all of you people now?

  • warmfuzzz Feb 1, 2011

    For those of you making these comments and don't live here or knew Mike. Your wrong. It wasn't over a girl. It was a random shooting. He was a good friend to my son and will be missed by a lot of people.

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 1, 2011

    "neither look to be the sharpest tool in shed."
    WOW, so in your expert opinion, what does a smart person "look" like?

  • _Graysons_Mommy_ Feb 1, 2011

    RIP Micheal, I looked at your facebook page and you seemed to be a good friend to many! Hope justice is served!

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 1, 2011

    "Usually the cause for most men to get to this point is due to a woman." - kejones7685

    Seriously? There are plenty of men who get cheated on or done wrong every day and you don't see them shooting people up. The cause for this behavior is the lack of self control, morale, or psychotic problems of the invidual. Ever think that maybe the shooter had a screw loose so that's why the girl left him? If that's even the case. Ever think that maybe they were in the same circle of friends, and perhaps a secret of Mims got told by Staggs and then that enraged him? There are a lot of things to assume here, but I wouldn't blame men's (or any individuals) rage and inability to act in a rational way on the female population.

    You must have an anger problem and blame it on a female in your life, or formerly in your life to say something like that.

  • kejones7685 Feb 1, 2011

    Even without all of the details being given this seems to be an case of the jealous ex or something of that magnitude. Why else would this guy throw his life away by killing another man without robbery being the motive? And by the car being riddled with bullets it shows that he was enraged and acting on pure emotion. Usually the cause for most men to get to this point is due to a woman.

  • sammyg Feb 1, 2011

    It appears to be romance linked, at least from what we've been told. Maybe for a girl, maybe not...