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One dead, one arrested after Moore County shooting

Posted July 18, 2012

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— One man is dead and another was in custody Wednesday morning after an altercation led to a shooting in Eagle Springs.

According to the Moore County Sheriff's Office, Gregory Cooper, 51, of 137 Eagle Crest Road, shot Ajul Opata Cole, 32, just before 7:30 p.m. Cole was dead when deputies arrived.

Witnesses told investigators that Cooper also tried to shoot Eric Powell, 24, but his gun failed to fire.

Cooper was charged with one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held without bond in the Moore County Detention Center.

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  • robinsonpal9 Jul 20, 2012

    Greg Cooper shot Ajul Opata Cole, known a "T Cole" in self-defense. He did not shoot at Eric Powell. There are a lot of lies going about.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 18, 2012

    I'm getting all these shootings from county to county in NC mixed up.

    Praying for those who loved the deceased. Praying too, the person who survived due to the misfiring uses this as a way to use their life to bless others.

  • piene2 Jul 18, 2012

    I guess next everyone will have to get matched sets of dueling pistols.

  • BigBangTheorist Jul 18, 2012

    Check out WRAL article http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/11295888/

    Liberal WRAL has a database showing where all the NC concealed carry permit holders live. Busted by the NRA.
    The Fox

    And exactly what is your point by republishing a link to the database? Perhaps the NRA needs to knock on your door.

  • The Fox Jul 18, 2012

    Check out WRAL article
    http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/story/11295888/

    Liberal WRAL has a database showing where all the NC concealed carry permit holders live. Busted by the NRA.

  • halfpint1552 Jul 18, 2012

    Posession of a firearm by a felon? What has he done before I wonder?

  • not my real name Jul 18, 2012

    all this voilence....over what? Nothing is worth killing someone over. Get a grip folks and put down the guns!!!!!

  • davidk_at_unc Jul 18, 2012

    "He would have killed him with a stick of wood if he did not have the gun. GEESSSSHHH!" -- jblake1932

    Yeh, right. The news is full of stories of people getting killed with sticks EVERY DAY!

  • greg69innc Jul 18, 2012

    Why???

  • davisgw Jul 18, 2012

    The anti gun nuts on here should look at the crime rate in England over the past 50 years. As more gun controls were implimented the violent crime rate skyrocketed. It is so one sided now that citizens don't even have the right to self defense in thier own homes.

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