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Fatal shooting was drug-related, Fayetteville police say

Posted February 25, 2013

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— A fatal shooting Sunday near a Fayetteville shopping center appears to have been the result of a drug deal gone wrong and was not random, police said Monday.

Joshua Maultsby, 19, died Sunday afternoon after a friend took him to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound.

Investigators said Maultsby and an acquaintance had arranged to meet for a drug deal but that it appeared Maultsby was robbed and shot behind Belk's at Tallywood Shopping around 12:30 p.m.

Police have not identified the shooter and have only said that he is stocky and between the ages of 19 and 22.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-391-2529 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-7477.

According to his Facebook page, Maultsby was a 2012 graduate of Jack Britt High School and worked as a cook at The Wing Company.

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  • tlbrackman Feb 26, 7:47 p.m.

    Just to clarify, I was in no way justifying his actions.

    I do not believe in enabling others for their wrong choices. However, in the eyes of God, we've all made bad choices and there is no difference since they will all lead us on a path of destruction. Some things just lead to death and despair a little quicker than others.

    I am where I am because of God's grace and the love others have shown me. I'm only humbled that God's Providence placed me in a nurturing environment at the age of 13 so that I could live a life knowing about His great mercy and love.

    My intent was to show compassion for my cousin and his grieving family as well as give on-lookers an opportunity to not judge so quickly. You never know what a person has been through and how you would end up in their exact situation.

    Therefore, judge less and love more. You just might save a life.

  • lopo Feb 26, 1:51 p.m.

    GUN CONTROL NOW, some how i feel if they banned all guns and all selling of gun these bad guys would still have guns. Maybe thats why they are bad guys.

  • delta29alpha Feb 26, 11:43 a.m.

    Doesn't matter how sweet and caring he was, he made the bad choices that got him killed. He chose to live the lifestyle that he new was wrong and dangerous. He rolled the dice and lost. No one to blame but him and the guy

  • SFSOLDIER Feb 25, 7:44 p.m.

    This story say why we need a GUN CONTROL LAW! Every day someone, somewhere is getting shot and killed. People need to wake up and see the tragedy for what it is. One day it could very well be your love one. GUN CONTROL LAW NOW!!!!!!!!charmcclainlovesdogs2

    DO YOU FOR ONE SECOND THINK THESE CRIMINALS HAD A LEGALLY OWNED WEAPON!!!!!! WE HAVE ENOUGH GUN LAWS. KEEP THE GUNS OUT OF THESE CRMINALS' HANDS, KEEP THE GUNS AWAY FROM MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE, QUIT LETTING THESE CRIMINALS OUT OF PRIOSN AND THIS WILL ALL GO AWAY!!!!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 25, 6:20 p.m.

    This story say why we need a GUN CONTROL LAW! Every day someone, somewhere is getting shot and killed. People need to wake up and see the tragedy for what it is. One day it could very well be your love one. GUN CONTROL LAW NOW!!!!!!!!

  • Eightball Feb 25, 5:04 p.m.

    'Dangerous Catch' has nothing on the drug trade for total number of fatalities...

  • Cee-Lo Feb 25, 4:52 p.m.

    thats pretty much the life of a drug dealer.....jail or death,just about all of them leave kids behind

  • hollylama Feb 25, 4:34 p.m.

    Happened to come across this area as a police officer was cordoning off the area. Prayers for the lost.

  • peppercorns Feb 25, 4:22 p.m.

    Drugs are killing people. "sweet and caring", NO he was a druggie. I hope his child never ever touches the stuff. Why do people allow this cycle to perpetuate? Get away from the drugs, better yourself, stay in school, avoid the "wrong people", and WORK HARD> it can be done.

  • nitabitasmith Feb 25, 3:28 p.m.

    Sad situation. I wish our young people could realize their potential and further their education. That could possibly allviate some of these issues.

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