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Disabled Vietnam vet shot during attempted robbery in Fayetteville

Posted July 3

Cumberland County detectives are looking for this man who they suspect shot a disabled veteran during a robbery attempt.

— Cumberland County investigators are looking for a man who they say shot and injured a disabled Vietnam veteran Thursday morning.

Authorities said the man approached Melvin Morgan, 59, after Morgan withdrew money from a convenience store ATM near West Mountain Drive.

Morgan told investigators the man approached him in the 200 block of West Mountain Drive and demanded money. When Morgan refused, the man hit him in the head with a handgun and then shot him in the leg, authorities reported.

Morgan was recovering from his injuries Thursday night, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw the man leave the scene in a white F-150 pickup truck with a brown side panel.

Security video from the convenience store shows a black man, approximately 30 years old, who is about 5 feet 9 inches who is either bald or has short hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, athletic shorts with a stripe down the side and tennis shoes.

Authorities consider the man to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone who can identify the man or has information that could help investigators can call the sheriff's office at 910-323-1500.

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