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Man killed in Fayetteville body shop shooting

Posted June 1, 2012

— Cumberland County deputies were investigating a fatal shooting at a body shop on Friday. 

Authorities say Glenn Gemale Artis, 32, went to H&H Customs, at 4405 Cumberland Road in Fayetteville, around 11:50 a.m. and began arguing with the owner, Freddie Waymon Hudson, 38.

Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, said Artis and Hudson had an ongoing dispute, but she said she didn't know what sparked it.

"The victim came to the suspect's work today and brandished a handgun. The suspect brandished his handgun and returned fire. There were shots fired," Tanna said.

Artis was wounded, and he was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died, she said.

Tanna declined to say who fired first and whether Hudson was acting in self-defense.

"What I'm saying is there was an ongoing feud between these two people and that there were shots fired at the business today and one man is dead," she said.

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Detectives were interviewing Hudson Friday, but no charges had been filed against him.

Employees of H&H Customs gathered across the street, watching deputies do their work. None cared to speak about the shooting.

"It's too early," one worker said.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jun 4, 8:35 a.m.

    “"Both men began shooting". How is that interpreted to become "Went to the man's business and started shooting."?” – bigal02282


    Did he go to the business? Yes. Did he start shooting? Yes. Both statements are correct. When someone is shot at, and returns fire, then both began shooting. Same with police encounters. If the bad guy pulls out a gun to shoot, and the police pull their guns to shoot, both begin shooting.


    While the assumption and odds are probably that Artis is the aggressor, and this is a self-defense shooting, we don’t really know yet. Maybe Artis went to complain about shoddy work, called the owner a crook, and the owner pulled a gun at the insult. We just don’t know. But generally, in cases like this, the one going to someone else’s place is the one that’s the aggressor.

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 4, 8:28 a.m.

    “Hello? "BOTH men began shooting, " BOTH MEN!!!!” – piene2


    Which often happens when someone SHOOTS BACK while DEFENDING themselves.


    “If they did not have guns, BOTH of them, Artis would be alive now.” – piene2


    Correct, if only one of them had a gun, Artis, he would still be alive and the shop owner would probably be dead. Or if Artis had attacked the shop owner with a knife, or tire iron, the owner might be dead.


    While we don’t know the details, the more likely scenario is that Artis went to the business looking for trouble and found it. Odds are that he was the aggressor. You should probably be saying something like, “Good thing the owner had a firearm to protect himself with.”

  • davisgw Jun 1, 6:05 p.m.

    If the dead guy brandished a gun then he was inviting the other person to shoot. Onla a fool would pull a gun to try and intimidate another person.

  • shortcake53 Jun 1, 6:03 p.m.

    piene2, if the first guy had stayed home and not gone to the other guys business NONE of the shooting would have happened. The business owner did exactly what he should have and I for one am glad.

  • cynic Jun 1, 5:24 p.m.

    "If they did not have guns, BOTH of them, Artis would be alive now."
    Yes, because we all know that people never, ever bludgeon, beat or stab another person to death. Please, get real, people kill each other all the time over stupid reasons. A knife, baseball bat or screwdriver is no more a weapon a gun. People misuse tools all the time, many times to a deadly result.

  • piene2 Jun 1, 4:23 p.m.

    "Went to the mans business and started shooting....THIS is why you should always carry!! Sounds like this story ended exactly like it should have!
    Gunny"
    Such a typical post from one who obviously did not bother to read the story. Hello? "BOTH men began shooting, " BOTH MEN!!!! If they did not have guns, BOTH of them, Artis would be alive now.

  • bigal02282 Jun 1, 3:38 p.m.

    Yes Gunny, rather than with reason and a civilized discourse, guns and shootings are the way things should always end. "Both men began shooting". How is that interpreted to become "Went to the man's business and started shooting."? Takes a litte stretch to get there, but if it fits your ideals of America, then let it be so.

  • Gunny the Racist Jun 1, 3:07 p.m.

    Went to the mans business and started shooting....THIS is why you should always carry!! Sounds like this story ended exactly like it should have!