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Fayetteville Waffle House shot up

Posted February 20, 2012

— Someone opened fire at a Waffle House in Fayetteville Monday morning, but no one was injured in the shooting, police said.

A person in a dark-colored SUV fired four shots at the restaurant at 4520 Yadkin Road at about 3:30 a.m., police said. Two windows were shattered by the gunfire.

Seventeen people were inside the Waffle House at the time, police said.

Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said it was unclear whether the SUV was driving by on Yadkin Road or was in the parking lot when the shots were fired. He said authorities are looking into whether there was a disagreement between someone in the SUV and someone inside in the restaurant that prompted the attack.

Selwyn Facey was not afraid to bring his two small children to eat at the restaurant on Monday afternoon.

"I feel safe as anywhere else on planet earth. It's America. Pretty much everyone has a gun, so every once in a while, bullets are going to fly, and someone's going to get shot. What are you going to do about it?" Facey said. 

Waffle House shot up in Fayetteville Waffle House shot up in Fayetteville

Police say there is surveillance video of the shooting, but they were not ready to release it to the media yet. 

In an unrelated Waffle House shooting, Johnson County authorities said a pregnant woman was injured Saturday morning after a man fired an AK-47 assault rifle into her rental car outside the chain restaurant on Industrial Drive in Selma. 

Authorities said Phabien Darrell McClaude shot at the victim while she talked with the father of her unborn child, who was standing outside the car. When the shots rang out, the friend jumped into the car and the pregnant victim attempted to drive to the hospital. Her vehicle broke down on U.S. Highway 301, but she received another ride to the hospital for treatment of a cut on her hand, possibly due to flying glass. 

McClaude, 23, of Godwin Street, was arrested Sunday evening and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Authorities believe the shooting was linked to an altercation several minutes earlier at JoCo Night Life Club on U.S. 301 involving McClaude and the father of the victim's unborn child. They are also investigating whether it is linked to a shooting at an apartment on AJ Lane outside of Selma around the same time. 

McClaude was being held under a $170,000 bond in the Johnston County jail on Monday.


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  • bigal02282 Feb 20, 2012

    If everyone in the Wafflo House had been packing with a cc permit, this wouldn't have happened. Could you imagine 177 folks opening up with uzis, mac10's, flamethrowers and bazookas on that poor fella shooting at them? We need MORE guns and BIGGER guns and gigantical bulldits n stuff! America will never be safe until we need a Uhaul to tote our hardware with us when we hit the road.

  • Relic Feb 20, 2012

    @PoBoy - My thoughts exactly. If the PD stopped a vehicle that matched the description the People's Republic of Fayetteville's rules would not allow that officer to ask to search the vehicle for any weapons! Just because a vehicle LOOKS like the one that was described is not a reason to conduct a search without more probable cause. So keep up the good work, Fayetteville City Council!

  • cpdtg Feb 20, 2012

    Westernwake 1 THAT WAS FUNNY and true

  • jp5849 Feb 20, 2012

    Waffle House is no place to be after 9pm. Not unless they have off duty police working like several of the Waffle House restaurants. The problem is too many drunks and gang bangers visit there when it gets late.

  • ItIsJustMe Feb 20, 2012

    What's really amazing about the whole thing is that the 2nd shooting occurred in Johnson County... I didn't even know North Carolina had a Johnson County! I can't seem to find it on the map...

  • PoBoy Feb 20, 2012

    Wonder if it could have been prevented if the FPD was allowed to have done a consent search that night?

  • Mrs. Keep It Real Feb 20, 2012

    @piene2 - Really?

    First off, the title alone showed journalistic bias. Had this have been another scenario, the writer would have made more of an effort on the story. Second, I was commenting on the article itself and not the content of the story. Chillax sir/madam

  • lsdhome Feb 20, 2012

    It must have been our "well-regulated militia" that did the firing.

  • piene2 Feb 20, 2012

    "Two things:

    1) Read the headline and thought OMG! Had mental images of AK-47s and the sort! Read the artice and saw that FOUR SHOTS were fired... ok news or sensationalism?"

    Okay so, in your opinion, how many shots would have to be fired into a restaurant full of people to make it newsworthy?

  • onyourheels2 Feb 20, 2012

    being 3:30 in the morning at a waffle house, i wonder if they got any conflicting stories.