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Effort to dim car lights leads to Spring Lake shooting

Posted January 30

— A man was seriously wounded Saturday night following an argument over a car's bright lights on a rural Harnett County road, authorities said Monday.

The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Shady Grove Road and N.C. Highway 210 in Spring Lake.

The man was driving on Shady Grove Road when he saw an oncoming Dodge Charger with its bright lights on, and he flashed his headlights to try to get the other driver to dim the lights, authorities said. The driver of the Charger apparently did a U-turn and followed the man to the N.C. 210 intersection, where he pulled up next to the man's car, rolled down the window and argued with the man.

Authorities said the driver of the Charger then pulled out a gun and fired three to five shots into the man's car, with one bullet hitting him in the shoulder, authorities said. A passenger in the vehicle wasn't hurt.

The man drove off, called 911 and met Cumberland County authorities and paramedics, who took him to a nearby hospital.

The Charger was described as white with tinted windows, a rear spoiler, black aftermarket wheels and low-profile tires.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the car is asked to call the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at 910-893-9111.


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  • Mike Rodgers Jan 31, 2017
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    If you have more details - share. Otherwise, keep quiet. That simple.

  • Ed Ray Jan 31, 2017
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    Wow, WRAL why do you not tell the whole story of what happened. Oh, I forgot you only print what and how you want. Heaven forbid if you told the whole story.

  • Reggie Berryman Jan 30, 2017
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    If the driver of the Charger wasn't packing no way would he u-turn and confront the other guy! Alcohol gives you Liquid Courage and make you do not-so-bright things and guns give you Metal Courage with the same results!

  • Fred Holt Jan 30, 2017
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    Ah yes Martin, gunfights in our streets - this is what we need more of! If only we could figure out how to get them onto reality TV in realtime

  • Martin Brown Jan 30, 2017
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    Fred hit it on the head when he called them victims, like sheep to slaughter. I choose to defend myself.

  • Jason Matthews Jan 30, 2017
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    What did the assailant look like?

  • Rod Runner Jan 30, 2017
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    Lots of people flash their lights at me in Johnston county when I don't have my brights on.

    I never flash them back to say "hey, I don't have my brights on, you guy." Because I imagine this very scenario.