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Man shot in attempted robbery near Fayetteville State University

Posted August 22, 2010
Updated November 13, 2011

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— Police said that a man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt early Sunday in a student apartment complex near Fayetteville State University .

The victim, identified as 21-year-old Bransford Elmore, was struck in the buttocks. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

A Fayetteville State spokesman said Tuesday that Elmore told police he might have accidentally fired his own handgun when he reached into his back pocket.

Elmore told officers that two men were about to rob him as he approached the breezeway at University Place Apartments, off Coley Drive and Murchison Road. He turned and ran, heard gunshots, and realized he was shot.

Fayetteville State student Antoine Morgan said he heard the gunshots in the apartment complex, which is across from the university and is contracted to provide housing for students only.

"I came outside, and I smelled the gunshot smoke," Morgan said.

No suspects have been named. Police recovered a small-caliber handgun near the scene.

The university has an emergency notification system to let students know when incidents such as a shooting occur, but the alert system was not activated after Sunday's shooting.

"It's not good. They need to notify students so that everybody can be safe," Morgan said.

Fayetteville State police responded to the shooting, and their first priority was securing the scene and making sure everyone else was safe, Fayetteville State spokesman Jeffrey Womble said.

He said that the shooting can serve as a reminder to students about safety.

"It is unfortunate that it happened, but this will allow us to convey to our students the importance of being safe and being familiar with their surroundings," Womble said.

Fayetteville State began classes on Thursday.

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  • Mike in NC Aug 23, 2010

    This shooting too is in an area of the city with a checkered past. It is not the nicest of neighborhooods that surrounds it school and complex.

  • Contort Cloud Aug 23, 2010

    WOOOOOOW... I USED TO DELIVER PIZZA TO THIS APARTMENT COMPLEX... I AM SURE THAT PAPA JOHNS IS GONNA PUT THEM OUT OF THE DELIVERY ZONE

  • ccs1920 Aug 23, 2010

    The Raleigh shooting happened outside a complex that has had a reputation for violence for many years. Nearly all residents receive housing assistance and few work. It has nothing to do with NCSU.

  • Phrostbite Aug 23, 2010

    This story is incredibly similar to an incident that happened around the same time in Raleigh, near NC State. A mere coincedence?