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Fayetteville man charged in motorcyclist's shooting death

Posted February 20, 2013

— Police said Wednesday that a Fayetteville man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a motorcyclist early Tuesday and that the killing wasn't linked to an attack on a second motorcyclist.

Francisco Echeverria, 24, of Cambridge Arms, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Craig Spencer Morris, 50, of Fayetteville.

Police found Morris wounded near his mangled motorcycle on Bragg Boulevard near Skibo Road shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday. He had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Investigators said they determined that Morris, a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle club, and Echeverria were involved in a verbal altercation in the parking lot of Carolina Square, a plaza on Bragg Boulevard with several adult entertainment clubs, a short time before the shooting.

"Apparently, some words were exchanged. What the conversation was about, I do not know," police Lt. Chris Davis said.

There is no indication that the shooting was related to any motorcycle or car club, police said.

"The message that the Fayetteville Police Department wants to put out there is that there's no evidence that this was gang-related (or) car club-related," Davis said. "Motorcyclists should not take any more precautions than they normally do."

Evidence also indicates that the homicide wasn't connected to a hit-and-run on Cliffdale Road involving another motorcyclist, police said.

Hell's Angels logo Police: Shooting not linked to any motorcycle club rivalry

In that case, Matthew John Key, 30, told police somebody in a silver or white four-door sedan shot at him and ran his motorcycle off the road shortly after 3 a.m.. He said a man and a woman were in the car.

Key, an active-duty soldier and a member of the Wingmen motorcycle club, was taken to Womack Army Medical Center with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

Investigators said the attack was an apparent case of road rage, noting that witnesses reported seeing Key exchange words with two people in a silver, four-door Chevrolet sedan after pulling into the parking lot of the Value Place Hotel on Cliffdale Road. Following the altercation, witnesses said, both Key and the sedan drove off down the street at a high rate of speed.

"It looks at this point that the motorcycle rider may have actually been the aggressor. One thing led to another," Davis said, adding that police have no evidence beyond Key's statement that any shots were fired.

Members of the Hell's Angels in Fayetteville declined to comment Wednesday on Morris' death, and the flag outside their lodge flew at half-staff for a second day.

"We've had no issues that I'm aware of with the Hell's Angels, and we'd like to keep it that way," Davis said.

Anyone with information about the Cliffdale Road shooting is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-988-6543 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8447.

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  • feistyredhead2001 Feb 20, 5:48 p.m.

    @christurner... just because he was wearing colors or anything on his back doesn't mean he was the aggressor. For all anyone knows the murderer may have been the one with big beer muscles.... and it says in the article that the attacker WAITED in the parking lot for Craig to leave.... so who do you think thinks he's the big bad guy? I'm thinking Franny... Not ALL who wear colors are mean and always out looking for trouble... AND I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT! Yes, I agree there are some out there like that... but not all are like that and YES, HE WAS AN AMERICAN HERO !!!

  • christurner Feb 20, 4:16 p.m.

    I just dont understand the street gang & biker gang mentality. If thats what it takes for someoneone to feel "loved or part of something"....then do it.
    I keep to myself and dont bother nobody but what disturbs me off is when your at a bar and some "hero" feels tough because he's downed a few beers and is wearing colors?
    Who knows what started that exchange of words which resulted in a shooting but I have good guess. Having said that I carry concealed and NEVER go looking for a fight but will NEVER back down from one regardless of what they wear on a jacket, My Glock fears absolutely no: Hell's Angles, Crips, Bloods or Wingmen.

  • cantyahearmeknockin Feb 20, 3:30 p.m.

    If this fellow has any sense, he will try to stay in jail for as long as possible.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 20, 3:16 p.m.

    Stop spreading rumors! Seriously. If you had any idea of the life style you wouldn't be on here bragging about it. - Disabled Veteran

    Rumors, eh? I have first hand knowledge. WRAL isn't telling you everything and with good reason.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Feb 20, 3:13 p.m.

    I am sure that you haven't heard the last of this altercation.-
    4Strikes

    its about to get really ugly in fayetteville! the police are going to have their hands full for sure! - ecp1951

    That's all I'm sayin'.

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 20, 3:01 p.m.

    Stop spreading rumors! Seriously. If you had any idea of the life style you wouldn't be on here bragging about it
    Disabled Veteran

    THIS!

    /I used to bounce and work the door at a biker bar

  • Disabled Veteran Feb 20, 2:16 p.m.

    NotUrTypicalAmerican, where in this article does it say the other guy was in another motorcycle club? All it says is that this is not related to a car club/ motorcycle club beef. Stop spreading rumors! Seriously. If you had any idea of the life style you wouldn't be on here bragging about it

  • toughtiger Feb 20, 2:01 p.m.

    NotUrTypicalAmerican
    the two motorcyclist were in different clubs not the shooter

  • ICTrue Feb 20, 1:59 p.m.

    "Okay, the 30 year old Key is still relatively young, but the 50 year old Morris should know better than to spout off at people, especially if you're riding a motorcycle (i.e. vulnerable). It doesn't make the attacks justified in any way, but not keeping your mouth shut has gotten a lot of people in trouble, or worse." Lightfoot3

    Well, being a member of the Hells Angels, I think spouting off is part of the culture. I am surprised that he was alone tough. I am sure that you haven't heard the last of this altercation.

  • feistyredhead2001 Feb 20, 1:52 p.m.

    I was a very close friend of Craigs, and I can tell you.. he was an extremely nice guy, who served our country for many years and NEVER started agruements... regardless of being apart of a club. For those of you who did NOT know him, should realise that we, his friends and family, will NEVER understand why this happened and how some one could just shoot at anyone while they are riding down a street. As we grieve our thoughts and prayers go out to his 4 younge children, family, brothers and friends left behind.

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