One Suspect Killed, Another Arrested In Double Shooting
Posted December 5, 2003
BUNNLEVEL, N.C. — Authorities make an arrest in an armed robbery and shooting at a grocery store in Harnett County. Plus, authorities say a second suspect died at the hospital from a gunshot wound.
When deputies arrived at the grocery store around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, they found the store's owners, 46-year-old Talnadge Joseph "Mitch" Faciane and his wife, 43-year-old Dawn Blower Faciane, with gunshot wounds.
The store owners were transported to the Good Hope Hospital in Erwin. Mitch Faciane, who neighbors say was shot in the chest, died at Good Hope Hospital and Dawn Faciane, who was shot in the hand and side, was treated and released from the hospital.
Authorities also say there were two customers in the store at the time of the robbery. One of the customers was robbed, though neither was injured.
"Mitch was nice. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met, and for him to die protecting his wife, it's just senseless," neighbor Diana Madsen.
Approximately one hour after the incident, deputies went to Cape Fear Hospital in Fayetteville after hearing reports of a person with a gunshot wound. The investigation revealed that the subject, 23-year-old Tyrone Crawley, of Fayetteville, was one of the suspects in the grocery store robbery. Crawley later died at Cape Fear Hospital.
Neighbors say Mitch kept a gun under the counter at his store. Officers say his wife also had a gun and there may have been a shootout.
The Sheriff's Office later arrested 21-year-old Eddie Lamar Taylor in connection with the shootings.
Taylor has been charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He has been confined to the Harnett County Detention Center with no bond.
Authorities are looking for a third suspect.