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Fayetteville shooting is man's third brush with law

Posted May 11, 2012
Updated May 12, 2012

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— Fayetteville police charged a man with assault Friday evening after, they said, he shot a man.

David William Covington was on electronic monitored house arrest awaiting trial for a February 2011 murder charge and was not allowed any weeapons, his mother told WRAL News.

Nonetheless, police said, he shot Jason McKnight, 29, of the 800 block of Wilbon Drive. McKnight was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was expected to make a full recovery from a gunshot wound.

Police didn't explain why Covington might have shot McKnight or the relationship between the two.

After neighbors reported hearing gunshots, Covington barricaded himself inside a home in the 1300 block of Turnpike Road Friday afternoon. He surrendered to police after about two hours. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, attempted first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Covington was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $1 million secured bond.

Covington is no stranger to gun charges. He is awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge for a 2011 shooting at 213-B Colonial Drive in Fayetteville. In December 2007, he was one of four people charged after Bobby Eugene Clemmons was shot and dropped off at the emergency entrance to Highsmith Rainey Hospital.

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  • halfpint1552 May 15, 2012

    I agree tater! He should have been awaiting trial in jail for a murder charge. I hope now they see that he is no good and lock him up for life.

  • 414tater May 14, 2012

    well if he is awaiting trial for a 2011 murder charge why is he ONLY on house arrest first of all? "not his first weapons charge" REALLY?? now why would anyone NOT expect this to end badly?