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Fayetteville teen accused of robbing, shooting classmate

Posted November 12, 2014

— Fayetteville police arrested a 17-year-old Jack Britt High School student on armed robbery and drug charges after he allegedly shot a classmate in the head.

Investigators said Wednesday that Wade Garrett Sessoms, 17, was getting out of a car following a party on Bardolino Drive near Hope Mills early Tuesday morning when Anthony Deandre Thomas McSwain – who was in the back seat – demanded money and shot at Sessoms as he tried to get away.

Bullet fragments hit Sessoms in the back of head, and he was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.

McSwain, of the 6500 block of Green Meadow Court, was jailed under a $520,000 bond on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He also faces a charge of possession with intent to sell, deliver and manufacture a controlled substance.

Investigators say Sessoms had $180 and 90 Xanax pills in his wallet.

"We're lucky not to have a murder case," Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said Wednesday during McSwain's first court appearance, in which a judge increased bond from $80,000.

McSwain denied any involvement, saying he wasn't in the area when the shooting happened.

Cumberland County sheriff's investigators are still investigating the case.

Sessoms told authorities that another person he did not know was also in the back of the car with McSwain. They fled after the shooting.

"It's certainly disappointing that we have cases with young people in our community – gun violence and that sort of thing – and we're treating each of the cases seriously," West said.


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  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

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    If it wasn't, we'll find that out in updates to the story after law officers investigate the case further.

    Until then, it's wrong to always assume the worst in people, especially if they turn out to be innocent afterwards.

  • 678devilish Nov 12, 2014

    I see already where life is going to take this young man. So sad.

  • horndave Nov 12, 2014

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    Come on QC, be realistic here. I know you want to see the best in people at all times. Granted, we don't know all of the facts but I could bet money that this was not an "I am a totally innocent bystander that got shot scenario."

  • Cindy Rose Nov 12, 2014
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    Somehow I don't think a teenager would have a legally acquired 90-day supply of Xanax in his wallet at a party. Just a taste of things to come for these kids, they've chosen their path.

  • Amy Carey Nov 12, 2014
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    It is illegal to carry them out of the bottle. And that sounds more like a 30 day supply to me.

  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

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    The RX and where it was filled is none of OUR business.

    It is the cops business, and if there was nefariousness involved in him having them, I'm sure we'll hear about it sooner or later. What value is there in jumping to conclusions about it NOW, except for ego trips pretending you know something you don't at this point.

  • Derric Fuller Nov 12, 2014
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    That's one heck of a jump from from taking someone's lunch money to attempted murder if you don't get it.

    Man, what's wrong with these children?

  • USMC Vet Nov 12, 2014

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    Cause maybe he'd just picked them up from the pharmacy that day.

    Think things through will ya, instead of jumping to assumptions which there isn't any proof for yet. All that does is start baseless rumors.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Nov 12, 2014
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    I agree, where's the attempted murder charge? So "lovely" that kids in Fayetteville (and no doubt any other city high schools) are being educated with students such as these.

  • Tom Haywood Nov 12, 2014
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    Throw away the key ... waste of good oxygen.