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Man Shot During Attempted Robbery

Posted January 25, 2008

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— A gunman shot a 66-year-old man early Friday as he came out of a house at 307 Central Drive and tussled with three men who tried to rob him, police said.

The victim was Curtis Whitted of 1516 Topaz Court, police said. Whitted was  walking to his car when the trio approached him with a rifle, authorities said.

The rifle went off, and a bullet struck Whitted in the stomach, officials said. The bullet exited through his back.

Neighbors came outside after hearing the shot and called 911. Whitted was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Police described his injuries as serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

Police described the suspects only as three black men. They fled in a green Mercury Grand Marquis, police said.

Authorities asked that anyone who can provide information about the shooting call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • retired and luv it Jan 25, 2008

    I m suprised to se a description of the suspects that included race. Bravo WRAL!

  • Coach K is GREAT Jan 25, 2008

    GANG Related.

  • Wolfy1 Jan 25, 2008

    Old as Dirt---you're close. Handguns are more "evil" than most rifles...everyone knows that!

  • Old as Dirt Jan 25, 2008

    A rifle huh?....... Then why is WRAL showing a picture of a HANDGUN?.... hum, could it be that they want their viewers to associate EVERY SHOOTING with a HANDGUN?

  • Eduardo1 Jan 25, 2008

    bravo to this poor individual for fighting back. Hope that these robbers were not injured, because if they were the will probably sue for damages (snic)
    Armed robbery, long prison term

  • farm Jan 25, 2008

    The rifle went off? Does that mean that the trigger was pulled? I've never known a firearm to just go off.....

  • justanothercomment Jan 25, 2008

    a little jail time and when they get out a job? they need about 20 years for attempted murder.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 25, 2008

    This is a shame. I hope the cops catch who did this to this man. A little jail time is certainly needed and when they get out a job. That's the problem some young people think they don't have to work but instead rob take from others.