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Fayetteville police: 20-year-old charged in connection with fatal shooting

Posted January 8, 2013

— A Fayetteville man was charged Tuesday in connection with a Jan. 1 shooting on Woodmark Drive that killed a 19-year-old, police said. 

Dion Laquan Johnson, 20, of the 900 block of Louise Circle, turned himself in to police Tuesday morning and was charged with second-degree murder. 

According to investigators, Johnson shot William Earl Barnes III about 2:15 a.m. near a home in the 6800 block of Woodmark Drive in the Cliffdale West subdivision. Barnes was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died after undergoing surgery.

Neighbors said they saw about 15 to 20 cars at the house before the shooting and bottles of alcohol strewn across the yard.

Police said Barnes was shot while at a social gathering.

Johnson was in the Cumberland County jail Tuesday morning.


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  • MR. EYE4EYE Jan 8, 2013

    It's not access it's the individual they would just as well steal the gun from somewhere.

  • sunshine1040 Jan 8, 2013

    A social gathering at 2:30 am with alchol,guns and underage folks .What are the odds that a fight would break out and no one there that had the sense to walk away untill after shots are fired

  • sunshine1040 Jan 8, 2013

    Did the gun load itself and then fall out of one of the many cars that were at the party or did the gun fall out of one of the bottles that were found in the yard. Sorry but the gun had a lot of help in the shooting and it all goes back to whomever brought it to the party

  • SFSOLDIER Jan 8, 2013

    Wonder if Dion has ever been arrested before?? Most likely, yes. he should never had access to a weapon in the first place.

  • twatkinsntp Jan 8, 2013

    And for those that don't understand the comment below......it wasn't the gun that made him do it .....it was his not wanting to work or become someone that wants to better themselvest he legal way.

  • kermit60 Jan 8, 2013

    Another young american who would be a model for society if it wasn't for the mind controlling properties of the common firearm. Just thought I would make the politically correct statement before someone else did.