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Man charged after gunfire outside Sanford Walmart

Posted June 4, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014

— Authorities have arrested a man and are looking for another in connection with a robbery and chase that ended in gunfire outside a Walmart Supercenter in Sanford late Wednesday morning.

Dwayne Lamont Solomon Jr., 22, of 200 Simmons St., Sanford, was jailed under a $50,000 bond Wednesday afternoon on one count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and injury to personal property stemming from the incident in the store parking lot, at 3310 N.C. Highway 87 South

Sanford Police Capt. Harold Layton said the victim, Vancel Russell, of Greensboro, followed Solomon and another man in their car after he was robbed of his cellphone and wallet.

Layton said a passenger in the car fired several shots at Russell's car, and at some point, one car hit the other in the parking lot. The injury to personal property charge stems from damages to chairs and grills outside the store.

Witnesses reported seeing a white car in the parking lot blocking a black car and then seeing the black car hit the white car's bumper. A man jumped from the white car and started firing.

Russell and Solomon – who was driving the car – ran into the store and were later taken into custody for police questioning, Layton said. The other man, whom police haven't identified, ran through the parking lot.

Investigators only had a vague description of him, saying he was approximately 25 years old and was wearing a green and white shirt and jean shorts.

No one was shot, Layton said, and no one displayed a weapon inside the store. Customers and employees, however, said they were left shaken by the shooting.

"You see some crazy stuff at Walmart, but this tops it, so far," employee Michael Nettles said.


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  • Grand Union Jun 5, 2014

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    The US has already, by a long long long way, the highest incarceration rate in the world. What made this a major crime.....guns. Why the NRA is so keen to keep allowing it to be easy for criminals to ge guns is less clear.

  • Grand Union Jun 5, 2014

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    If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, flies like a duck and tastes like a duck, its likely a duck. Same applies to Gun nuts and I'm surprised that you think people should be politically correct on this subject....very liberal of you.

    Facts are the US has 4X the per capita murder rate whilst other crime rates are about the same as those of other western countries. And most of thiose murders are carried out with guns and guns is the one big social difference, they are regulated there and essentially unregulated here.......now it might be that its our love of southern fried chicken that causes our high murder rate but I'm pretty sure its guns.

  • disgusted2010 Jun 5, 2014

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    Why do anti gun people always have to call others juvenile names? I guess this message board is the new play ground.

  • 678devilish Jun 5, 2014

    Its really not even safe to go to Wal-Mart any more. Glad they got this man and charged him. An example to any one else.

  • jmcdow2792 Jun 5, 2014

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    Is a cashew a real nut or is it a legume? Great response.

  • ohbumr Jun 5, 2014

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    that's the idiotic thing? i thought it would be the notion that somehow more rules/laws to follow will hinder a person that is already willing to break the law from doing so.

  • Joel Rado Jun 5, 2014
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    I would said this repeatedly on these postings. We have to remove the violent repeat offenders off the streets.

  • goldeagle Jun 5, 2014

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    Lots of people. A little cash on the premises. More or less friendly to everybody. Limited security (consistant with normal business needs). Random chance. Not anybody's "personal" space, except the employees and they don't seem to be the problem.

    But Wal-Mart probably isn't special in that regard.

  • Keith Phillips Jun 5, 2014
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    Wow - All the crime at Walmarts has become front page news lately. Rocky Mount - Sanford just this week. Why does Walmart seemingly appear to be a crime magnet of sorts?

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 5, 2014

    "any nut can buy a gun from anyone at any time without any training, responsibility or insurance" - support18

    This cashew right here bought one in a fast food parking lot a couple of weeks back. :)