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Truck sought in Robeson principal shooting

Posted April 10, 2009

— Authorities are looking for a pickup truck in the shooting Thursday morning of a middle school principal who was shot in the face while driving to work.

Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said Friday that investigators are looking for an extended-cab, tan pickup truck with a long bed that could be either a Toyota, Nissan or Mazda.

He did not provide any other details about the vehicle. Sealey urged anyone who might have information about the shooting to contact the sheriff's office at 910-671-3100.

James Hunt was driving on a rural road a few miles from Fairmont Middle School at about 7 a.m. Thursday when he was hit by a shotgun blast fired from another vehicle.

Authorities and school officials have not commented on a possible motive for the attack.
Hunt, who is in his first year as principal, suffered serious injuries to much of his face and a hand and had to undergo surgery.

Robeson County school system spokesman Al Kahn said the principal "was in a fair amount of pain, but he is resting."

Late Thursday, Hunt sent a message from his hospital bed to students and staff at his school.

School system student services director Brenda Deese said James Hunt sent the message "2-12," which is a reference to the book "2-12: The Extra Degree."

Hunt uses the book to inspire his school community, and it means he is going to be all right, Deese said.

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  • Big Tom Apr 10, 2009

    Something tells me this was not a random event. Hopefully the law will get some answers.

  • TheLibertine Apr 10, 2009

    Back in my day, we just toilet papered and egged the principal's house.

  • thought Apr 10, 2009

    ok- so we know what vehicle to be looking for. time to step up and help out- if you see any fitting this discription- get a plate number and report it- if you have a car like this- if you are innocent- you have nothing to worry about.
    let's get this person (people)

  • barry333 Apr 10, 2009

    WHEN THEY CATCH THE DEMONS THAT DONE THIS, THEY SHOULD MAKE THEM SIT IN THE SCHOOLS AUDITORIUM AND PUBLICLY APPOLIGIZE TO THE SCHOOL FOR HIS ACTIONS. THEN SIT THERE WHILE EVERY STUDENT LETS THEM HEAR WHAT THIS MAN MEANT TO THEIR SCHOOL.IN THE END IT IS PROBABLY A DISGRUNTLED PARENT WHOSE KIDS DID NOT GET TO DO THEIR NORMAL MISCHIEVIOUS DEEDS! HOPE THE PRINCIPLE GETS BETTER SOON!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 10, 2009

    Yeah. Thanks a lot, x3trig & lizard...maybe the principal is an illegal immigrant too...or a "real" alien from another planet who was being hunted by fellow aliens who like to use primitive earth weapons. We should withhold sympathy until we KNOW this ex-marine and school principal is really a stand-up guy...like both of you surely are. (that's sarcasm)

    I just hope this great man doesn't lose his job...which would mean he'd lose his health insurance...and then have pre-existing condition...which would make it *ridiculous* to get more. (Yes, this is a plug for universal healthcare.)

  • x3trig Apr 10, 2009

    Actually the Lizard guy uses his mind more than you all probably do. Its called a detective mindset. You think of ALL possibilities and rule them out as you go. He is just simply saying its a possibility. He is not insulting the guy for crying out loud. And how many times have you seen the people who least expect to do something awful actually do it. It happens everyday. Take it easy on the guy.

  • Boogalooboy Apr 10, 2009

    Guess Lizard is "one toke over the line"

  • lorivalentine1 Apr 10, 2009

    Hey Lizard - Are you speaking from your own experience or personal knowledge of the issue? As I see absolutely nothing in the article that even hints at what you are insinuating. This man is a hero in my book. He gave years of service to this country and now serves everyone as he teaches our children to be better people.

  • Jax is proud to be an American Apr 10, 2009

    Well said Cocker Mom.... Lizard do you use your mind before you "speak"... He is a former Marine and a principle... give the guy some repsect.

  • news4u Apr 10, 2009

    Prayers sent up for him

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