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Police: Chapel Hill shooting a domestic dispute

Posted May 25, 2012
Updated May 26, 2012

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— Chapel Hill police were holding Ali Cherfaoui Friday night on charges he shot and killed a woman outside Mary Scroggs Elementary School. Police said Cherfaoui and his victim, Chahnaz Kebaier, had "an ongoing domestic dispute."

Police were called to the school just after 2 p.m., after multiple gun shots rang out.

"A lady ran in the lobby and said, 'Help! Help! My friend has been shot!'" said Emily Martine, who was inside the school picking up some papers.

Martine said she and others hid in a conference room while the principal and school nurse ran to help Kebaier.

"The school staff, they did a great job. They were very calm and collected and called police right away," she said.

Police confirmed that Kabaier was shot multiple times. She was taken to UNC Hospitals where she died.

Officers arrested the suspect after stopping his vehicle near N.C. Highway 15-501 and Raleigh Road. Cherfaoui, 49, of N.C. Highway 54 in Carrboro, will spend the holiday weekend in jail; his first chance to see a judge will come on Tuesday. 

Mary Scroggs Elementary School, which usually dismisses students at 2:30 p.m., was temporarily locked down while police and emergency personnel cleared the shooting scene. Students later escorted out a back door to their waiting parents.

Martine's son, 8-year-old Cal, said students knew someone had been hurt. 

Parent Bill Ryan said he quickly went to Scroggs to check on his first-grader, Jack, after getting an email from the school. Shooting reported at Chapel Hill elementary school Man in custody after shooting in Chapel Hill

"I was concerned (after receiving the school's email), but when I got a frantic phone call from my wife, that sort of upped the ante a little bit. I tried to reassure her," he said.

Ryan said the school handled the situation "very well" and added that he is thankful the students and staff are safe.

Students have off Monday for Memorial Day, but it is an optional teacher work day.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools will provide a support team Monday and Tuesday for staff and student who want to talk about Friday's incident.

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  • KnoxOverstreet III May 29, 2012

    "If you read many of the crime stories lately the ones who did the killings and abusing and crimes were done by the ones you least expected...So there are thousands of criminals walking amongst you right now,smiling and making you laugh and feel good and earning your trust and then?????
    Uhavenoclu"

    And we are arming them to make their job easier.

  • writetanisha May 29, 2012

    Everybody talkin about they would never have thought it would happen in Southern Village, crime has no face, no color, it can happen anywhere, because at the end of the day you can run but you cant hide...God bless her kids, and family!!!

  • beaulahjackson4 May 29, 2012

    Uhavenoclu & Objective Scientist

    I agree with you both, it's pathetic to me all the mudslinging that goes on in every story posted about political party's. I've said before your political party choice doesn't make you the person that you are, your words and actions do. We are all in this together as Americans like it or not. I think mostly your uneducated people sling mud, if they had a valid argument about anything there'd be no name calling or mudslinging. I generally chalk that up to shortsightedness or lack of intelligence. This is really a very sad, sad story. There's nothing political about this at all. People of all races, creeds, religions kill each other every day. Domestic violence often ends with these same results. I feel so badly for this woman & her poor children. My thoughts and prayers go out to her & her family & friends. Seems she was trying her level best to keep her ex away from her and move on with her life.

  • ladyblue May 25, 2012

    So sorry to hear of yet another person shot down in our cultural society. Evil will always exist as it has in the past. the best defense is to pay attention to your surroundings and if it doesn't look right run like there is no tomorrow..

  • Uhavenoclu May 25, 2012

    After reading these comments, along with those from other stories as well, I must conclude that some posters fail to actually read the story to which they post comments! Others see everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - as "political"! Come on folks - THINK!!!

    THANK YOU! Been saying that all along..................

  • Objective Scientist May 25, 2012

    After reading these comments, along with those from other stories as well, I must conclude that some posters fail to actually read the story to which they post comments! Others see everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - as "political"! Come on folks - THINK!!!

  • yankee1 May 25, 2012

    How many have to die before some amongst us realize that there is evil in the world? Evil that isn't stopped by phony negotiation, correctional facilities that correct nothing, psychiatric care that merely postpones the inevitable and bleeding heart liberals who want to protect the rights of criminals until they themselves are victimized. There is only one solution-- take them out before they hurt innocent people!!!!

  • NCHighlander May 25, 2012

    This woman was murdered on school grounds, Eve Carson was murdered while a student at UNC, mass murder prevented at Orange High in 2006. Why cant officials in Orange County ensure a students safety?

    We all wish that were possible tatermommy52. It's not and that is the debate here. Animals exist. The debate hinges on political correctness where we defend that which logic dictates is not to be defended and foolish attempts to defend animals. People are choosing sides and the reading is good.

  • Uhavenoclu May 25, 2012

    Oh and by the way. The criminals will never be fully taken off the streets.

    If you read many of the crime stories lately the ones who did the killings and abusing and crimes were done by the ones you least expected...So there are thousands of criminals walking amongst you right now,smiling and making you laugh and feel good and earning your trust and then?????

  • geosol May 25, 2012

    Sorry for the senseless and tragic loss of life. Disgusting.

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