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Charges dropped in Fayetteville club shooting; new suspect sought

Posted March 26, 2012

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— Police said Monday that they have dropped the charges against a Fayetteville man in connection with a recent fatal shooting and are instead seeking another suspect.

Stephen Bruno, 22, of Hope Mills, was shot to death in the parking lot of Club Ciroc, at 6323 Raeford Road, on March 17, police said. Darrell Wilson, 26, was wounded in the incident and was treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Last week, police charged Lendell Rogers Graham, 36, with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the case.

Investigators said that, after gathering more evidence, they determined that Graham wasn't involved in the shooting, so they dismissed the charges against him.

Police have identified Carlos Roquize Whitted, 30, of Carlos Avenue, as the gunman in the nightclub shooting. They have issued warrants for his arrest on charges of second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into occupied property.

Whitted is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 240 pounds. He has gunshot scars on his abdomen and leg and tattoos on his arm that read "Fayettenam," "Love ones" and "Only the strong survive."

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-549-7326 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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  • working for deadbeats Mar 26, 2012

    Where's the outrage?!

  • brwneyez70 Mar 26, 2012

    How do all you that HAD CONVICTED this man feel? Quick to pass judgement on someone when you KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT WHAT WRAL REPORT! 1540

  • technetium9 Mar 26, 2012

    Cary Would have convicted the wrong guy

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 26, 2012

    Well ain't that something. I guess this goes to show that sometime ya got wait for the investigation to be complete before jumping to conclusions.

  • RonnieR Mar 26, 2012

    Back when I was working the police could not dismiss charges. Kinda wonder what the Cumberland DA thinks of these investigators dismissing charges.