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Fayetteville man shot, killed by neighbor after argument

Posted October 30, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014

Jimmy Lee Underwood

— A 56-year-old Fayetteville man was charged with second-degree murder early Friday in connection with a fatal shooting on John B. Carter Road, police said.

According to investigators, Jimmy Lee Underwood and Darrick Whitted, who both live on John B. Carter Road, got into an argument at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Underwood shot Whitted during the argument. Emergency personnel took the 44-year-old Whitted to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he later died.

Underwood was in the Cumberland County jail early Friday being held on a $500,000 secured bond. He's expected to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m.

No other information about the cause of the shooting has been released.


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  • 678devilish Nov 3, 2014

    Whatever the argument, certainly was not warranted. Now the man sees this and wish that it did not happen. People learn to walk away. A life is not yours to take. Now he faces his dire consequences that will be with him for life. Look at what they did to their families.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 31, 2014

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    It's a shame that guns rarely end up in the hands of "responsible gun owners" as you say.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 31, 2014

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    Since these enlightened western countries are so much better AND since you obviously hate the US, then why are you still here?

  • Grand Union Oct 31, 2014

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    Where do you imagine I said they should be? Guns are not banned in any Western Country, they are however "well regulated" and as a result rarely end up in the hands of "responsible gun owners" like this guy and as a result they have murder rates 1/4 of ours........

  • LetsBeFair Oct 31, 2014

    underwood, you win...

  • jackaroe123 Oct 31, 2014

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    We don't really have to assume anything. Psychology and actual field studies demonstrate time and time again that removing the ability to act on an impulse leads to a huge reduction in these types of incidents.
    I'm not advocating for taking away guns and I don't have a solution to offer in this situation, but I think it is pretty important to acknowledge that the presence of a gun greatly increases the likelihood of a fatality.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 31, 2014

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    How much more gun control do you want? Like the amount Detroit has? That's worked out well hasn't it.

  • Mouth For War Oct 31, 2014

    a lot of comments about responsible gun owners and yet the bleeding hearts never go into the inner city and try and take their guns. They really only bother with the folks when they need them to vote. The rest of the time they could care less if they are killing each other off

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 31, 2014

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    So if we remove the gun, and assume that a 20 second trip into the garage to get an axe, would give plenty of time to cool down, then sure, it may not have happened. It's that 20 second cool down period I am having trouble with.

  • jackaroe123 Oct 31, 2014

    You sure about that? It seems to me that every time a shooting w/ multiple casualties occurs and people speak up about new gun control measures, the gun rights extremists point out that the guns used were legally purchased, and therefore it ought to be about mental health (which they care about for as long as it takes for the gun control talk to quiet down and that's it).