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Ex-Councilman Indicted in Marine's Shooting

Posted April 25, 2007

— A former Fayetteville City Council member was indicted Wednesday on attempted murder and aggravated assault charges in connection with the shooting of a Marine reservist during a fight last fall.

A grand jury indicted Steve Satisky on the following charges: attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdeameanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Cpl. John Lake III was shot in the head on Oct. 16 in a Bragg Boulevard parking lot, police said. He remains in a coma at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Satisky, who owns a pawn shop, was a City Council member in the 1970s and was on the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at the time of the shooting. He has since resigned his position and has kept a low profile in recent months.

"Mr. Satisky and his family are obviously saddened by the decision to press forward with charges in this matter. He believes there has been no wrongdoing and that he will be exonerated when this matter is concluded," attorney David Courie said in a written statement Wednesday.

Satisky will surrender to police on Thursday, Courie said.

No charges were filed in the case before evidence was presented to the grand jury, and Fayetteville police were tight-lipped about their investigation for months after the shooting.

Investigators have refused to speculate on a motive for the shooting, but police radio traffic from that night indicated there had been a fight.

Courie has said that Satisky suffered a blow to the head in the incident.

Lake, an Iraq War veteran, returned to the U.S. last summer with an injured shoulder, but remained on active duty. His family couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.


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  • 68_polara Apr 26, 2007

    Give the system a chance. Please be careful jumping to conclusions, we simple do not know what occurred that night.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Apr 26, 2007


    Praying for the Marine and for justice to be served.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • spiritwarriorwoman Apr 26, 2007

    packfan79 - "Not to say what happened is acceptable, just understandable."

    Pray tell exactly under what terms this is understandable???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mythoughts22 Apr 26, 2007

    i hope this a## hole spends plenty of time behind bars it doesnt make any since you can servive war in Iraq and u come home and get shot in the head...i hope he comes out of his coma. thoughts and prayers are going to the family

  • gi jane Apr 26, 2007


    I thought it was just me..i am glad that we are on that wave together..LOL..i am sure when it goes to trial we will hear all the details the media has not released. and if the "victim" is still in a coma then i guess we will have to take the word of the shooter or any eye witnesses if their was one.

  • I hear voices Apr 26, 2007

    gi.... it looks like were on the same wavelength again.

  • I hear voices Apr 26, 2007

    Seems to me that there's a whole lot more to this story. Like why did he shoot him? Who was involved in the forementioned fight?

  • gi jane Apr 26, 2007

    The story is vague. Allow me to recap and please fill in the blanks, a fight happened and someone got shot? Do we know what caused the fight? Where did it happen? Did he shoot him b/c he was losing the battle? I never heard about this story so forgive my ignorance on the subject. Could there have been a woman involved?

  • Panther Apr 25, 2007

    I hope that he is found guilty for his coward actions. But being that he is a good ol boy, he will most likely get a medal or something!

  • meep Apr 25, 2007

    packfan, do you have any idea what you are talking about? The person is a Marine reservist. He is not your typical Fort Bragg active duty soldier assigned to Fayetteville(there are no Marine bases in Fayettenam, try more east like Jacksonville), and instead a home grown boy probably going trying to college. I guess according to your statement that (fill in a idiotic statemnet of your choice here)