Delivery driver charged in Cumberland shooting
Posted March 14, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — A delivery driver was charged Friday in connection with a Monday night shooting at a country club development in Cumberland County, authorities said.
Gerald Hinton Lord, 48, of Cinnamon Creek Circle in Fayetteville, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and trespassing.
Investigators said Lord was delivering a carry-out order for GoWaiter.com when he pulled into the wrong driveway in the Gates Four community, and Thomas Earl Jacobs, 18, asked him to get off of his property. The men exchanged words before Lord drove away, but he later returned, and the pair began scuffling in Jacobs' front yard.
Authorities said the shouting match between the men might have included some racial slurs. Lord is black, and Jacobs is white.
Lord, who worked five months last year as a detention officer at the Cumberland County Detention Center, then pulled out a gun, and the two started wrestling, authorities said. Jacobs then body-slammed Lord, and the gun went off when he hit the ground.
Lord was shot in the arm, while Jacobs was grazed in the neck. Authorities haven't determined if a bullet hit Jacobs or the hot barrel of the gun touched his neck.
Lord was still at Womack Army Medical Center on Friday, and authorities said he would be arrested upon his release.