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Motorcyclists targeted in Fayetteville attacks; one dead

Posted February 19, 2013

— Police said they aren't sure if the shooting death of a Fayetteville motorcyclist Tuesday morning is connected to a hit-and-run involving a second motorcyclist.

Officers responding to a call shortly before 3 a.m. found a man and a badly damaged motorcycle in Bragg Boulevard near Skibo Road. The man, who police said was a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle club, had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said.

About 10 minutes later, police received a call of a hit-and-run along Cliffdale Road, just west of Rim Road. Matthew John Key, 30, told police somebody in a silver or white four-door sedan shot at him and ran his motorcycle off the road. He said a man and a woman were in the car.

Key, an active-duty soldier and a member of the Wingmen motorcycle club, was taken to Womack Army Medical Center with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The name of the slain motorcyclist hasn't been released.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the two men knew each other and whether the shootings are connected.

"When you look at the time frame, it's really tight," Police Chief Harold Medlock said, noting that the locations of the shootings are about 8 miles apart.

Carolina Square in Fayetteville Parking lot altercation might have led to motorcyclist's death

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Police noted that both men were seen Monday night at Carolina Square, a plaza on Bragg Boulevard with several adult entertainment clubs.

"We do know that there was some altercation at some point in that shopping center," Medlock said. "We simply don't think this was random."

The altercation wasn't between rival motorcycle clubs, he said, and he doesn't expect any retaliation by any group.

"I don't want any of us to make any assumptions that are unfair," he said. "We're investigating both incidents, and we're going to let the evidence drive us to the conclusion of whether they were connected or not."

The flag outside the Hell's Angels clubhouse in Fayetteville flew at half-staff on Tuesday afternoon, but two men outside the building declined to comment.

Medlock, who officially started as police chief on Monday, has said combating gun violence will be a priority for the department. He said having one man killed and a second shot at in his second day on the job is frustrating.

"I'm angry," he said. "It frustrates me, it angers me that we have senseless violence on our streets in Fayetteville."

Anyone who saw anything suspicious at Carolina Square or at the two shooting locations is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8447.


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  • Cee-Lo Feb 20, 2013

    im a biker that rides the so-called crotch rockets and we are not gangs for the most part all bikers get along...so i dont know where bubbadukeforpresident is getting his info

  • question_why Feb 20, 2013

    I wonder what the odds are that 2 bikers at the same club encounter problems with the same suspects (or even different ones) the same night 8 miles apart; 10 minutes apart. If it is the same people, how did they track the 2nd biker and find him 8 miles away? Odds of it being different people pretty far out also. Seems more likely that something in the story isn't adding up. I would love to know more about the altercation at the bar.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 20, 2013

    Bikers are pretty cool, except for the gangs that ride the crotch-rockets. Harley riders will leave you alone as long as you leave them alone.

  • RTPripper Feb 20, 2013

    So if a guy or gal on a bike is wearing a "patch".. they MUST be outlaws...hmmm.... explain that to the GoldWing Road Riders Association(GWRRA) members..... folks, please educate yourselves before you show how little you know.

  • stymieindurham Feb 20, 2013

    "Been knowing Bikers all my life . . . Its not the Old Bikers you need to worry about" Hmmmmmmm?

  • oleguy Feb 20, 2013

    Show a little respect, Been knowing Bikers all my life, Lived in Fayett Nam back when Hay st was alive,,,Its not the Old Bikers you need to worry about,, Its the New Wanta Be's and they dont have a clue

  • stymieindurham Feb 20, 2013

    Wouldn't want to be the suspect. Fayett P/D may identify you but, the "club" will take care of the punishment.

  • Shag Feb 19, 2013

    Wildpig amuses me. Like a clown. I hope they catch the person/people responsible for this before it gets any more out of hand.

  • Relic Feb 19, 2013

    The shooter of the HA should just go ahead and turn himself in if he's not a member of another outlaw group. If he's found, FPD will never have to worry about making a case. And "Disabled Veteran" is right. It's not having a biker patch that makes you an outlaw, it's the club that's ON the patch.

  • Disabled Veteran Feb 19, 2013

    wildpig777 You seem to have the perception that all patch holders are 1%'ers. That's not true. I'm a patch holder in a military motorcycle club. That doesn't make me a 1%'er. You might want to google the differences between 1%'ers, Outlaw motorcycle clubs and regular riding clubs. Please stop trying to make this seem like more than it is.