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911 Call in Marine Reservist's Shooting Released

Posted June 8, 2007

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— In a 911 call released Friday, former Fayetteville City Councilman Steve Satisky admits he pulled a pistol on a Marine outside a sports bar last October and shot him.

"He jumped in my vehicle. I pulled out my pistol and said, 'Get the hell out of my car,' Satisky tells the 911 dispatcher. "And he wouldn't do it. And I said, 'Get out of my damn car.' And he finally got up and he took a swing. He hit me in the jaw, and I popped him."

Prosecutors say Satisky, 59, then shot Marine reservist Lance Cpl. John Lake III, 22 at the time, in the head on Oct. 16 after he refused to get out of the vehicle in a parking lot near Coaches Sports Bar & Grill on Bragg Boulevard.

Lake, an Iraq war veteran, remains in a coma at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Although his family has declined to comment on his condition, prosecutors have said it is unlikely he will regain consciousness.

The call was released following a Cumberland County judge's ruling on a civil lawsuit filed in October by The Fayetteville Observer.

The case has puzzled investigators and the public for months. The two men did not know each other, and it's unclear why Lake, who prosecutors have said was drinking, got in the car.

Defense attorneys for Satisky have declined to provide more details about the case, including information about a woman who was in the cab with Satisky at the time.

She was the one who made the 911 call and reported the shooting before Satisky got on the phone.

"Oh my God. Please, come. Please come," she says.

"What's going on?" the dispatcher asks.

"He shot him. He shot him. He hit him, and he shot him," the female caller says.

Defense attorney Gerald Beaver has called the shooting a case of self-defense.

"(Lake) came into the vehicle uninvited," Beaver told WRAL in April. "He would not leave when asked to do so. When Mr. Satisky … tried opening the door to try to get him out, Mr. Satisky was struck in the face."

Attorneys have said that Satisky had been fighting esophageal cancer and had undergone chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries shortly before the shooting.

Satisky, who served on the City Council in the 1970s and was on the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at the time of the shooting, is out of jail under bond.

He faces attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

Earlier this month, Cumberland County District Attorney Ed Grannis asked the North Carolina Attorney General's Office for a special prosecutor in the case, but did not explain why.

Lake's father has said he is glad the case is finally moving forward after nearly eight months.

The case's next hearing is scheduled for July 11.

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  • meep Jun 10, 2007

    I sincerely hope that all of the cowboys posting here that the shooting is justified DO NOT have concealed carry permits. If you do, they need to be turned in because you have no idea about laws concerning self defense with deadly force. The marine jumped in the vehicle, big deal councilman, jump out of the vehicle and call police. He (former councilman)wanted to teach the youngun a thing or two, which is murder.

  • moose13 Jun 9, 2007

    I think this story is a little fishy...maybe Im missing something, but does sound to me like the Marine will be lost out of the whole incidence. Why so vaque on what has happened that night??

  • FE Jun 9, 2007

    "Deadly force" means just that. If things are serious enough to require the use of a firearm, rest assured merely sending a message is not the intent. Ask ANY law enforcement officer....can you even say "double tap"?

    If you don't intend to use a firearm for its intended purpose, you should perhaps just stick with pepper spray or a softball bat.

    If the Councilman feared for his life, he is justified in shooting, in spite of the lack of judgement of the soldier.

    However, I do believe there is a LOT more lurking in this story.........

  • slknkl Jun 9, 2007

    i was always taught, if ya pull a gun, use it!! dont shoot to injure, shoot to kill.why would anyone want to cap a knee shot and then have to be sued for it? the man was asked to get out 2 times.then he struck the victim.yes, i would have shot you.now, we could have been reading " man and woman found shot to death sitting in thier vehicle"

  • Dick Jun 9, 2007

    Strolloing bones: Why a head shot? I am curious as to what could make a man put a gun to another man's head and pull the trigger. He could have knee capped him and stopped him cold. Both live. Something is not right about this story.

    Knee-cap someone and you're likely to be minding your business some day and someone in a wheel chair from a dark episode from your past comes up and blows your head off.

  • donewithecu Jun 9, 2007

    Need more information on the case itself for me to decide. Except for just speculation for all anybody can do.

  • Angelfmabve5 Jun 9, 2007

    "Defense attorneys for Satisky have declined to provide more details about the case, including information about a woman who was in the cab with Satisky at the time"

    Hmmmm isn't that obstruction of justice? And if you shot someone to so-call "protect yourself" then why the need to not provide details?" Sounds to me like someone has something to hide eh?

    Bottom line is, if you were really protecting yourself it sure didn't take a bullet to the head to get someone out of a cab! Sounds more to me like someone really wanted to ensure this young man would never have a chance to talk!

  • Gooseye Jun 9, 2007

    strolling bones
    "Why a head shot? I am curious as to what could make a man put a gun to another man's head and pull the trigger. He could have knee capped him and stopped him cold. Both live. Something is not right about this story."

    So you're saying he was justified in shooting him but just not in the head?! Give me a break. Real life self defense shootings aren't like the movies. You can't hit someone in the kneecap when they're flailing around. And what happens if you miss? Where does that bullet go, off the pavement and into someone else, not to mention the extra time the other guy gets to take your gun from you. You aim for center of mass(chest) if at all possible, a head shot second. Never shoot to wound, shoot to stop, which is what happened here.

  • k9s Jun 9, 2007

    "Why a head shot? I am curious as to what could make a man put a gun to another man's head and pull the trigger. He could have knee capped him and stopped him cold. Both live. Something is not right about this story."

    Whether right, wrong or indifferent, a dead man tells no tales. Even though the shooting victim isn't deceased, he still won't be talking.

  • richard2 Jun 9, 2007

    Why was he charged? You have a right to protect yourself.

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