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On second look, bond boosted in Caswell County shooting

Posted September 16, 2009

— A shooting in Caswell County earlier this month has attracted the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Sheriff's deputies arrested John C. Fuqua, 52, on Sept. 5 after he fired his shotgun toward a family walking near his home on Brown Road. Fuqua's shot hit two children, ages 7 and 10. Fuqua is white; the children are black.

Fuqua made his initial bond of $5,000 and was released, but was taken back into custody under $130,000 bond. Caswell County's District Attorney Joel Brewer said the initial bond was "grossly low for a felony assault against children."

The U.S. Department of Justice might investigate whether the shooting was a hate crime based on racial slurs that Fuqua reportedly used.

Both children are recovering from their injuries.


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  • DredScott Sep 21, 2009

    Hate crime laws were originally put in place to resolve the issue of local jurisdiction acquitting people of crime against minorities.

    To get around the double jeopardy clause in the constitution If proven a person could but convicted of a different crime to allow justice to victims and communities.

  • uncfan89 Sep 16, 2009

    I am from that area, and according to the local paper,I do not beieve that the children were targeted, they were hit with some pellets and were treated on the scene by EMS and later transported by private vehicle to the hospital to be checked out. It sounds like there is some bad blood between neighbors, don't really think it as being a "hate crime" Just plain stupidity, don't know for sure I don't know either party.

  • mrduright Sep 16, 2009

    he is feel 400 years of pain!

  • kennywalters Sep 16, 2009

    I really dislike this "hate crime" stuff though. Somehow, it gives the impression that it would have been better for him to have shot a 7 and 10 year old child of his own race.

  • tatermommy52 Sep 16, 2009

    man is he in for it