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One killed, one injured in Fayetteville shooting

Posted July 31, 2012
Updated August 1, 2012

— Two men were shot Tuesday afternoon between two businesses on Ramsey Street, police said. 

One of the victims died from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Around 3:30 p.m., Shukri Al Gahim was inside his tobacco store, near the intersection with Rosehill Road, when he heard "a lot of gunshots." Then, he said, one of the victims came into his store looking for help.

"He was shot two times. He came in and ran behind the counter," Al Gahim said.

The other victim tried to flee in his car, but crashed a short time later. 

A few miles away, also on Ramsey Street, nearly 200 people gathered Tuesday evening for the police department's monthly community crime meeting, one day after investigators said they were looking into a possible connection between a July 13 rape and four other sexual assaults in the area since 2006.

Mary Angelicchio said she wants to know what police are doing to ease concerns about safety in the neighborhood. Fatal shooting underscores crime concerns in Fayetteville Fatal shooting underscores crime concerns in Fayetteville

"After a certain time of night, it just belongs to somebody else," she said. "It doesn't belong to us."

Interim Chief Katherine Bryant said one way to take the neighborhood back is to be alert and report anything suspicious. She said investigators can't solve crimes without help from the public.


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  • ims1924 Aug 2, 2012

    Tobacco shops sell cell phones, cheap wine, off brand beer, lottery cards and many other items in addition to tobacco. That is about all these young men want with the exception of women. In addition, most also cash government checks.

  • justabumer Aug 1, 2012

    I don't believe that the police can set a curfew. That would have to be done by the city council.

  • justabumer Aug 1, 2012

    What's the deal with tobacco shops? There is another of these stores on the opposite side of town where there have been two murders in the last several years.

  • lessismore Aug 1, 2012

    "Interim Chief Katherine Bryant said one way to take the neighborhood back is to be alert and report anything suspicious."

    Has the fayetteville police ever heard of a curfew? Anyone on the streets after midnight will be arrested.....unless you are going to or coming from work, or an emergency.

    Citizens will start shooting those on the street if things get bad enough, eventually. But, at 3:30 in the afternoon....only arming citizens with guns like they do in Sweden will get the criminals out of town.

  • kermit60 Aug 1, 2012

    It's not the police. They seem to be able to catch some of criminals numerous times. It however is the DA and System that hands out wrist slaps as punishment and keeps reducing sentances, letting these criminals back out.

  • halfpint1552 Aug 1, 2012

    Ramsey Street has been very popular in the news lately. Another day in Fayetteville, I guess.