Fayetteville, N.C. — A 23-year-old woman found shot on a secluded road in east Fayetteville told investigators that a man raped her and shot her as she tried to get away early Monday morning.
A city Public Works Commission employee discovered the woman around 2 p.m. on the side of road on Staley Street, near Cedar Creek Road, and initially thought she was dead until she started moving, Fayetteville police Gavin MacRoberts said.
She had been shot twice in the legs and once near the waist.
According to detectives, the woman said she was at a BP gas station at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Russell Street sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday when the man, driving a white SUV, offered her a ride.
She said he drove her to Staley Street – a dead-end gravel road surrounded by woods – where he raped her in his vehicle and shot her when she tried to run away after the attack.
Police described the man as a short, stocky, bald, black man in his 30s.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.
The woman was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment Monday afternoon. MacRoberts could not say whether she was still at the hospital Wednesday.
He did say, however, that the attack does not appear to be related to two rapes reported in Fayetteville on June 3.
One attack happened shortly before 5 a.m. in a parking lot of the Department of Social Services office on Ramsey Street, police said, when a man approached a woman, asked for a cigarette and offered her a ride in his car.
The second attack happened around 3 p.m. near Bragg Boulevard in the Haymount section of Fayetteville, when a man with a knife walked up to a woman stopped in her car and got into the back seat, police said.
Police have not made arrests in those cases.