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No suspects in deadly Fayetteville house party

Posted June 8, 2015

— Fayetteville police on Monday were continuing their investigation into a weekend house party that ended in a fatal shooting.

Officers were called about 1:20 a.m. Sunday to a home on Wagon Wheel Court after gunfire erupted in the front yard. Leandre Jamarcus Laguerre, 25, died from gunshot wounds, and two other men were injured.

“It was just a gathering of, as they call it, it was just a kickback,” police spokesman Lt. Antoine Kincaide said. “It was just a party of folks, and of course it was (spread through) social media.”

Police said the party was supposed to be for about 10 people, but it quickly grew into an unruly crowd.

“Rather than either leave or settle it with their firsts, they decided to go to guns,” police Chief Harold Medlock said. “When you have immature people carrying high-powered weapons, what did happen is going to happen every time.”

Fayetteville has been struggling with a rash of fatal shootings outside of house parties.

Last June, a young man was killed when more than 70 bullets were fired outside a party on Grandview Drive. In September, a teenager was shot to death outside a party on Randleman Street. And in April, a man was killed during a house party on Dick Street.

In an effort to help stem the violence, Fayetteville City Councilman Mitch Colvin sponsored an ordinance that requires citizens to register house parties on the police website. The party on Wagon Wheel Court was not registered.

“The purpose of us looking at this thing a little closer was to try to make sure we could get ahead of these types of incidents,” Colvin said. “We know it won’t be a fix-all, catch-all, but I think it would have helped if the police department would have known about this particular party. My heart goes out to the family.”

Police have not identified any suspects in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 910-303-9751 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Information can also be submitted online or by texting a message to 274637. Type 4Tip followed by a message.


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