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Man, 7-year-old girl shot after Fayetteville wreck

Posted March 22, 2011
Updated March 23, 2011

— A driver shot a man and his 7-year-old daughter after a wreck on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville Tuesday night, police said.

Police spokesman Gavin McRoberts said that Eric Samuel Jones Jr. rear-ended a white sedan, occupied by Darrick Kelly and his 7- and 4-year-old daughter, around 9:30 p.m. on Bragg Boulevard, near William Clark Road. 

Jones, 21, of 2515 Cattail Circle, ran to the sedan, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and fired, striking Kelly three times and the 7-year-old girl four times, McRoberts said. The 4-year-old girl was unharmed.

Kelly and his daughters ran into a nearby Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits restaurant for help, police said. McRoberts said they were taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital, and their injuries were non-life-threatening.

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Witnesses said that Jones tried to hijack a car in the restaurant parking lot, but police said they haven't been able to verify that information. Officers arrested Jones as he was fleeing from the scene on foot.

Jones was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Additional charges are pending, police said.

McRoberts said that Jones was convicted in 2007 of two counts each of felony breaking and entering and larceny. He served about four months in jail.


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  • randall0123a Mar 24, 2011

    ...If a criminal steals, maybe hack off a finger for each offense. If a criminal kills someone, then put them to death in an agonizing fashion. Yes, these are extreme examples, but the point is to make the CONSEQUENCES of a crime instill FEAR into anyone that would even think of praying on those that contribute to society. How much do we spend on police officers to catch criminals? How much do we spend on the court system to try these criminals? How much do we spend on jails to house and feed these criminals? And, how much is lost from what criminals steal? How much do law abiding citizens spend privately on home and personal protection? For what? Crime is RAMPANT! Make criminals more afraid of committing crimes than they are of getting a job and working for what they want, like the rest of us!!! Those that oppose this view, we will see what you think about this when someone you love is raped or killed by a repeat offender.

  • randall0123a Mar 24, 2011

    You can make all the laws you want. Who will the laws affect? – only the LAW ABIDING citizens! Get with it people. The problem is how the laws are ENFORCED! Crimes occur because criminals are not afraid of the consequences. Oh, a little jail time where they are provided meals, a bed, cable TV, and who knows what other pleasantries. Criminals are robbing, raping, and killing others, and after a run through the joke of a judicial system, they often get less than life in prison. Even if they get the death penalty, they can have a “pleasant and peaceful” death via injection. Make criminals AFRAID of the consequences, and this will all end, or at least be GREATLY reduced. An eye for an eye is the key. If a criminal rapes someone, then hack off their offending organ. Continued…

  • randall0123a Mar 24, 2011

    Criminals will ALWAYS be able to procure weapons if they want. Do you think a criminal cares about breaking a firearm law? Wise up anti-gun activists! If firearms were ever banned, the only thing this would do is hinder law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from those that ignore laws and social order. The BEST way to stop crime is to give EVERYONE a gun. Criminals thrive now because the odds are that their intended victims won’t have a gun for protection. If these criminals knew an intended victim, and all those that might witness their crime, will have a gun to protect themselves, they will SURELY think twice. And if they didn’t and wanted to commit a felony or go on a killing spree, rather than multiple victims or innocent fatalities, the law abiding citizens that are armed would remove the criminal from the gene pool and future crimes with a few well placed rounds. Criminals would be forced to get a job and EARN their way through society like the rest of us

  • DickHefner Mar 24, 2011

    People use guns to shoot people. They say it isn't the guns, but if handguns were not on the market people wouldn't get shot with handguns. No assault rifles either. Hunting rifles only would dramatically reduce gun violence. Kinda hard to conceal a rifle. At least you'd see them coming and have time to respond. Also, kill that punk.

  • mfarmer1 Mar 23, 2011

    >> Jones was convicted in 2007 of two
    >> counts each of felony breaking and entering and larceny.
    So Where Are The Weapons Charges?

    He Is A Convicted Felon.

  • magicaldawn Mar 23, 2011

    I live in Fay. NC, not only do I live here but I know Mr. Kelly personally. I have to say that at the age of 50 not very many people in this world can impress me however I have been impressed by this man since the day I met him. He is a single father raising his two daughters with the help of his mother. Those little girls are his heart and for someone to do something like this is beyond me. I truly believe this is exactly what they said it was "A hit and rob". We have so much of this sort of thing going on that it makes you wonder when you might be next. In the mean time my friend and his children s lives have been turned upside down. Now he has to contend with medical bills, not to mention possible counseling for his children. This will affect those girls for the rest of their lives.I personally hope Mr. Jones gets exactly whats coming to him and I hope he rots in prison.

  • goozleboy Mar 23, 2011

    "@ Tux I don't understand why the bond is so low either. Neither do I understand why this guy would do such a thing, he was the one who hit them. What is the world coming to?"

    He could have been wanting to trick them into stopping by "accidentally" rear-ending the car. Perhaps someone needs to "accidentally" lodge a bullet between his ears. Just sick!

  • queene01 Mar 23, 2011

    yes that is a good point about if he's evaluated and mentally unstable he'll be let go - good point.

    just put him under the jail or let karma take over.

  • seankelly15 Mar 23, 2011

    hfweather - Gee... I feel sleepy after that bedtime story.

  • RM24 Mar 23, 2011

    GlennMiller: I'm not wishing them to be commando or Rambo with guns a blazing. Lol. I think we are close to having the same opinion. I would choose the word "respect" the situation, not fear. But its close to the same thing. We don't need excessive force I agree. But fear will get no Respect and get you killed quick also.