Fayetteville State police probe dorm robbery, separate shooting
Posted November 13, 2011
Updated November 14, 2011
Fayetteville, N.C. — Gunmen assaulted two Fayetteville State University students in their dorm room early Sunday in the fourth armed robbery at student housing since last school year.
Fayetteville police are also investigating a shooting at a restaurant near campus Saturday evening in which no one was injured.
FSU spokesman Jeff Womble said that four to six men broke into a dorm room around 2 a.m., assaulted two students and stole about $500, a debit card, a computer, clothing and tennis shoes. Bird-shot pellets struck a bed and two other pieces of furniture.
One student was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, while another was treated at the scene. Womble said their injuries were sustained during a physical assault, not from being shot.
An e-mail alert sent to students early Sunday said that two students who live in a second-floor room in Bryant Hall opened their door when someone knocked and identified himself as the resident assistant.
The alert states that five men demanded money and drugs, but Womble said it's not known if the robbery was drug related.
He said it's also not clear if the robbery is connected to a shooting near campus around 7 p.m. Saturday.
A gunman walked into the Chinese Garden restaurant in Bronco Square, across from campus, and fired four shots at customers, Womble said. The customers fled the restaurant, and the gunman also went outside and fired one shot before running away.
FSU students were present in the restaurant at the time, but it's not clear if they were the targets, Womble said.
Fayetteville police are investigating the incidents. No arrests have been made.
A student was also robbed at gunpoint outside a dormitory Tuesday night, according to a security alert sent out to students.
As the student entered Honors Hall around 10 p.m., two to three men approached him and began talking to him, according to campus police. One man pulled out a handgun and stole property from the student, then fled the area.
In February, another student was robbed in his dormitory room by an armed man, according to a release on FSU police's website.
A masked man knocked on the student's door around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and, once in the room, struggled with the student, the release states. The man placed a semiautomatic handgun against the student's forehead and demanded money.