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Man charged in bowling alley shooting

Posted November 20, 2008

— A Fayetteville man has been charged after his gun went off in a bowling alley on Tuesday, wounding him and three others, authorities said Thursday.

David Michael Thomas, 25, of 4910 Cottonwood Drive, was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

Thomas, a security guard, visited B & B Bowling Lanes, at 3003 Fort Bragg Road, late Tuesday and was trying to clear or unload his handgun when it went off, authorities said.

The bullet hit Thomas in the hand and grazed the right arm of Rae Ann Cox, 25, authorities said. Bullet fragments then hit Robert Kusmierek, 45, in the back and Michael Dodson, 27, in the right thigh, authorities said.

None of the wounds was life-threatening, authorities said.


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  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Nov 21, 2008

    exactly, cookie, but WRAL has beefed it up to look as if it is.

    IT WAS AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING- meme1180- the man was showing the gun to friends and it discharged.

    here ya go- http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=310828

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Nov 21, 2008

    " Man charged in bowling alley shooting " reads WRAL's headlines...

    " Man charged in accidental shooting inside bowling alley " reads the Fayetteville Observer headlines

    now, why is it that WRAL couldn't have printed this same thing or something similar, instead of fabricating, oh ,then it wouldn't catch the public eye as quickly, i suppose...

    here's the story,as it should be:


  • Firefox 384 Nov 21, 2008

    Attn: MEME1180

    We are giving Durham a break.....

  • JustAGirl Nov 20, 2008

    I'm glad no one was hurt, but as a fan of The Big Lebowski, I had to smile at the headline.

    If you've seen the movie, you know why.

  • Common Sense Man Nov 20, 2008

    This isn't a story about violence.

  • DAD Nov 20, 2008

    Hey Barney, Andy's lookin' ya

  • TStills Nov 20, 2008

    aint nothin like rollin a few frames, kickin back a couple PBRs and firin off a few rounds.

    shoot....em duke boys aint meanin no harm!!

  • MEME1180 Nov 20, 2008

    What is going on in this city? Everyday for the last two weeks there have been multiple stories of violence posted. I know bad things happen everywhere but I dont remember seeing this city in the news this often.