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Two killed in Fayetteville murder-suicide

Posted October 6, 2011
Updated October 7, 2011

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— Two people were killed Thursday morning in what police say was a murder-suicide in Fayetteville.

Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said that investigators believe Warren Cummings III, 30, of the 400 block of Woodstream Trail, kidnapped a woman around 8:11 a.m. from an apartment where she had been staying on Icarus Circle.

A neighbor said she heard a dog bark then saw an SUV speeding away from the apartment. Both the neighbor and the friend with whom the woman was staying called 911.

"He literally just came and busted in the house and grabbed her," the neighbor told a 911 dispatcher. "She tried to run and came knocking at my door screaming for help." 

The neighbor added that she knew Cummings had guns at his home, but wasn't sure if he had them with him at the time of the abduction. 

The woman's identity or relationship to Cummings won't be released until police are able to notify her relatives, MacRoberts said.

Investigators, however, did say the woman had a restraining order against Cummings. The neighbor told the 911 dispatcher that Cummings had threatened to kill the woman in the past. 

Shortly before 10 a.m., MacRoberts said, a police officer spotted the man's Chevrolet Tahoe in the Woodstream Apartment complex off Cliffdale Road.

The man saw the officer, fired shots at him and then shot and killed the woman and then himself inside the car.

The police officer was not injured and did not return fire.

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  • Viewer Oct 6, 2011

    "why do you need a permit to carry a Concealed Weapon? If it's concealed, who's gonna know? That's what most owners do. On the other hand, shouldn't they issue permits to allow you to carry an Exposed weapon? That would make more sense, and act as a deterrent to not mess with that person.
    fred"

    In most places in North Carolina one does not need a permit to carry openly. But many folks get upset unnecessarily when folks lawfully exercise open carry. There are people that believe that criminals might automatically take out anyone openly displaying a weapon before initiating a crime. Thus concealed carry; don't let the bad guys know in advance.

  • alleycat Oct 6, 2011

    Who cares about the grammer, this is a tragedy not a spelling bee

    All families involved are in my prayers

  • rnitschke66 Oct 6, 2011

    Couple is a collective noun, and, as such requires the plural verb.

  • michaelclay Oct 6, 2011

    poohpdoo2002, you are absolutely correct. A couple is two people but one unit. If artical had said they, were would have been the correct word to use.

  • poohpdoo2002 Oct 6, 2011

    @smack...sorry, but the correct grammar is "was married", not "were married." The couple, although includes two people, is spoken as a single unit. If you had put an "s" at the end of "couple" or said the word "they," then you that's when you use "were." Just had to point that out. :)

  • agglover Oct 6, 2011

    FAYETTEVILLE HAS ALWAYS HAD IT'S PROBLEMS. THIS IS NOT A RACIAL ISSUE THIS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISSUE. I REALLY HATE THE WAY THAT EVERYTIME SOMETHING HAPPENS SOMEONE HAS TO TRY TO PLAY A RACE CARD.

  • smack Oct 6, 2011

    ..."said the couple was married but separated"... 'were' married? WRAL, can you please get a new web editor? The grammar on here is terrible. There are mistakes in almost every article posted.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 6, 2011

    as a society why don't do more to help BOTH men and women? Women kill too.

  • more cowbell Oct 6, 2011

    Restraining orders are for law-abiding citizens (only)

  • I know some stuff Oct 6, 2011

    why do you need a permit to carry a Concealed Weapon? If it's concealed, who's gonna know? That's what most owners do.
    On the other hand, shouldn't they issue permits to allow you to carry an Exposed weapon? That would make more sense, and act as a deterrent to not mess with that person.

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