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Police: Trio of Fayetteville shootings appears random

Posted September 6, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014

— Fayetteville police are searching for a man they say wounded three people in three Saturday morning shootings.

"It appears random," said Lt. James Nolette of the spree that took place over 30 minutes at locations along Bragg Boulevard.

"We don't know if it's just random to us but linked together in his mind," Nolette said. "We don't know."

Police described the three victims as innocent bystanders.

The first shooting happened just before 3:20 a.m. in a parking lot of 4943 Bragg Boulevard. Police said a dark-colored SUV drove into the parking lot and hit the curb. Patrons in the parking lot began to exchange words with the driver of the SUV when someone inside the vehicle opened fire, police said. One person was shot in the leg and a second was grazed by a bullet.

The second shooting happened about 10 minutes later near B and Link streets. 

At that location, police said a man in a dark-colored SUV shot at a taxicab. The people inside the taxi were not injured.

The third shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. in the 800 block of Orange Street. A woman was shot in the leg while standing in the front yard of her home. Again, wtinesses described a dark SUV and a passenger firing from inside.

Police recovered the SUV on  Saturday and detained the driver and a passenger.

They issued an arrest warrant for Luther Gatling, 23, of 208 Teague Street, whom they said is wanted in connection with the shootings.

Gatling is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and is also wanted on a probation violation.

Investigators believe Gatling was the shooter inside the SUV. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police urged Gatling to surrender. 

Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-916-2764 or Crime Stoppers at 910-438-8477.



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  • babylaceycarpenter Sep 8, 2014

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    This is why Hans and Grand Union are continuously making posts like this. They get you guys to answer to them. I do it too, but until we simply ignore them, they will post and post and post, about guns only. You won't hear from them, unless the story involves a gun.

  • ncprr1 Sep 8, 2014

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    Yes he does. All of his posts are mostly trolling and get right through, while most responses are blocked by moderators.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    Do you work for WRAL? You must as you always push their agenda and try to incite people to increase advertising "hits."

  • disgusted2010 Sep 8, 2014

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    Stirring the pot early today.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 8, 2014

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    Shootings ya, I can see that, but what about stabbings? I thing even more common with those committing crimes is that they are, wait for it...


  • ohbumr Sep 8, 2014

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    yeah, look at that guy, he would totally not find a way to get a gun if they were illegal. way to give the criminal a free pass though.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 8, 2014

    Random shootings with one thing in common - a GUN.