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Man credits luck, bad aim for escape from gun fight

Posted September 7, 2012

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— Ray Cuvilje is lucky to be able to laugh less than a week after he and his wife of 20 years, Cassandra, were involved in a wreck in Clinton that flipped their truck into a power pole.

While the 57-year-old is at one hospital, his wife is in another – WakeMed in Raleigh.

The two haven't seen each other since Monday morning.

It was around 4:30 a.m. They were headed home to Harrells after spending the night in the emergency room at Sampson Regional, where Cassandra had been treated for hives.

They made a quick stop by Walmart for a prescription and then another at a BP station for something to drink.

After that, Cuvilje says, everything went blank.

"I remember vaguely going across Highway 24, but I never reached the ramp," he said Friday.

A car plowed into the back of his Ford pick-up truck, flipping it and sending it crashing into a light pole.

"After that boom, I don't remember nothing," he said. "Not one thing."

Clinton police say the Cuviljes were innocent victims of a dispute between two groups of people who were part of a "backyard club."

The dispute escalated into a chase and then into a rolling gunfight on N.C. Highway 24, near the U.S. Highway 421 overpass.

Six people, including the Cuviljes, were hospitalized.

"They said I was lucky not to be shot, because I was walking all between everything." Cuvilje said. "Somebody out there must have had a bad aim."

Ray Cuvilje Man credits luck, bad aim for escape from gun fight

Cuvilje suffered a concussion and some internal bruising; his wife has four broken ribs and had to have surgery on her neck.

He's sore and groggy, but he says he's been able to maintain his sense of humor and a positive outlook about the ordeal.

He's not angry, he says, because he's seen a lot. He's a volunteer firefighter. He's a former Marine. He's lived in big cities.

"I've learned that things happen," he said. "Sometimes, you just can't avoid them."

Now, he's just waiting to be reunited with his wife, who he's only spoken to over the phone since the wreck.

"I told her, 'You better behave yourself up at WakeMed,'" he laughed.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating and have charged two men in the incident.

James Curtis Walker, 20, of 41 Golden Eagle Lane, Clinton, is still on the lam. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Stanley James Henry, 23, of 619 Eastover Terrace, Clinton, faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Police say he will be arrested once he's released from the hospital.

They haven't ruled out more arrests.

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  • kermit60 Sep 11, 2012

    piene2. If you can come up with an idea to take everyones guns, and I mean everyone, citizen, criminal, black ,white, rich, poor, worker, non-worker so to insure that no one will have a firearm then I'll give mine up. But this would make firearms like drugs and prostitution. They have been illegal for decades. Billions have been spent combating them yet they are still here. Maybe we should outlaw cars because criminals steal them and use them for illegal activities also.

  • piene2 Sep 10, 2012

    "(apart from which, most gun crime is done with illegally obtained guns- so clearly passing more gun laws wouldn't actually do anything there)
    junkmail5"

    Where do you think the criminals get their illegal guns? Quite simply they take them from legal sources. Is that a surprise to anyone?

  • junkmail5 Sep 10, 2012

    Every day the news is filled with stories of shooting violence and still the NRA Yahoos want more and more six shooters floating around. Surly, eventually even people such as those must cime to the conclusion that saturating the nation with six shooters is a bad idea.
    piene2

    Statistically, both violent crime in general, and gun crime in particular, have been steadily declining in recent years... even as legal gun sales go up.

    It's almost like reality and your perception of reality are totally different.

    (apart from which, most gun crime is done with illegally obtained guns- so clearly passing more gun laws wouldn't actually do anything there)

  • piene2 Sep 10, 2012

    "+1 The mugshots are up and that's all you really need to know.
    Obamacare again"

    Yes, well for some mug shots were unnecessary. All that would be needed is a photograph of one square inch of the people's skin from any part of their bodies for them to decide on the guilt or innocence as well as the character of the people involved.

  • piene2 Sep 10, 2012

    "The dispute escalated into a chase and then into a rolling gunfight on N.C. Highway 24, near the U.S. Highway 421 overpass."

    Every day the news is filled with stories of shooting violence and still the NRA Yahoos want more and more six shooters floating around. Surly, eventually even people such as those must cime to the conclusion that saturating the nation with six shooters is a bad idea.

  • westernwake1 Sep 7, 2012

    I wish Ray Cuvilje and his wife speedy recoveries. It is a shame that they were caught up in this situation by other individuals that have no respect for life.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 7, 2012

    It stinks that Mr. Cuvilje and his wife went through this. At least thankfully they are both still alive. I hope the people that did this are found and quickly removed from the planet.

  • nuke Sep 7, 2012

    I see that those gun laws that the anti-gun folks want to push on law abiding citizens really helped prevent these felons from having guns.

  • Obamacare again Sep 7, 2012

    Sorry, better luck bashing law enforcement next time.
    thepeopleschamp

    +1 The mugshots are up and that's all you really need to know.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 7, 2012

    "Probably will turn out that the deputy dog caused the wreck that sent them to the hospital." bdaughtry2

    After having actually read the articles on this, the chase was between 2 cars of "citizens". There was no chase by deputies, they (deputy dog as you call them) came up on the crash afterwards. Also, please note there are no charges of "Fleeing Law Enforcement" because as stated, there was no chase by law enforcement. Sorry, better luck bashing law enforcement next time.

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