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Police, Lions Club to talk after double shooting

Posted February 22, 2010

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— Sanford police said they will speak soon with the leaders of the Lions Club after the fourth shooting in two years happened this weekend at a facility the club rents out.

Two men were shot during a party attended by about 250 people at a Lee County fairgrounds building early Sunday. Police said the Lions Club had rented the building to a private individual.

Capt. David Smith said that Lions Club President Richard Handley has invited police to talk with them at a board meeting. Smith said he will talk to board members about the shootings and recurring security issues.

The Lions Club is a long-standing community-service organization. It rents its facilities on Seventh Street to raise funds.

Tauren Tyrell Gunter, 19, of Sanford, was charged with shooting Errick Leonard Washington and Franklin Deon Dorsett. Smith said Monday morning that both men were are in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Gunter was being held in the Lee County Jail Monday under a $1 million bond. He is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Smith said that investigators haven't determined a motive in the shooting or recovered the gun used in it.

Gunter was placed on probation in November after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into property, drug possession and maintaining a place for a contraband substance, according to state Department of Correction records. Gunter was also convicted of simple assault in 2008.

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  • Blue steel Feb 22, 2010

    The Lions organization heavily frowns on local clubs using their buildings for profit. This is the reason why.

  • dazrite Feb 22, 2010

    "Gunter was placed on probation in November after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into property, drug possession and maintaining a place for a contraband substance, according to state Department of Correction records. Gunter was also convicted of simple assault in 2008."

    Why was Gunter out of jail? Why was he unsupervised? Why did he have a firearm? Put the 'blame' squarely where it belongs...on GUNTER. And on the legal system that again and again failed.

  • whatdidyouexpect Feb 22, 2010

    'Gunter was placed on probation in November after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into property, drug possession and maintaining a place for a contraband substance, according to state Department of Correction records. Gunter was also convicted of simple assault in 2008"

    A better headline, "Police & Lions Club to talk to Judge and D.A. after double shooting"
    If he was convicted of "intent to kill" then why give him no jail time and a chance 3 months into probation to shoot 2 more people.

  • jon2four Feb 22, 2010

    Guns ,like nuclear weapons once you get them someone going to use them. Parents teach your children what is right and wrong.

  • BigUNCFan Feb 22, 2010

    Lions club needs to stipulate in the rental agreement that there will be off duty officers as security before letting the place be rented out. No exceptions, that way they cannot be accused of profiling or discriminating or whatever.

  • pulstar40 Feb 22, 2010

    Doesn't mean that who ever the Lions Club rented the facility to had any way of knowing that someone was going to show up with a gun. Lots of organizations rent their facilities as a way of making some money to folks who use them for birthday parties, graduations, christening parties, 25th anniversary parties and the like, as do many subdivisions who have clubhouses. They rent the facility to one person, and have no way of knowing who else may attend.

  • mac240 Feb 22, 2010

    "Why is it we can't have a group of black people gather socially without people bringing guns and without someone getting shot. What is this fascination with guns in the black community that black clubs in Raleigh need metal detectors and black social gatherings end in someone pulling a gun and shooting.
    NotFromHere"

    I agree with you 100%.

    I believe 99% of the people there were there to have a good time, but once again our lovely justice system let this animal out to prey on others and spoil it for everyone.

  • Redneck Fun Feb 22, 2010

    Something NEEDS to change!! I for one commend the Lions Club for inviting the police to their meeting to try and find a solution. I do want to say this is NOT a "black" problem, this is a Community problem. I don't care if this is little green people, the community is at risk, and the community needs to do all we can to contribute to the fixing of this problem. We need to stop thinking of things based on color, and think of things based on someone's actions, no matter their color, religion, or upbringing. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior from any color and the behavior is the problem, not the color.

  • Glomae Feb 22, 2010

    Wattsun, I agree with you. The headline makes it sound as if the Lions Club was at fault with the shooting. If they discriminate to whom they rent the building then they will be accused of profiling.

  • BraveHeart Feb 22, 2010

    Well hopefully the lions club will review potential renters from now on...come on...dont you think they knew what would happen when you rent these places out??

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