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Pair sought in Fayetteville convenience store robbery, shooting

Posted November 27, 2012

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— Police asked for the public's help Tuesday in identifying two men who shot two employees of a Fayetteville convenience store during a Monday night robbery.

Two masked gunmen stormed into the Quick Stop Tobacco Shop, at 502 Grove St., around 7 p.m. and demanded cash before opening fire. Detectives said there may have been two more people in a getaway car outside.

Witnesses said the robbery lasted less than three minutes but that the robbers began shooting almost immediately upon entering the store.

Najib Bouzerda, 44, was listed in critical condition Tuesday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, while Mohamed Ould, 41, was in fair condition.

Quick Stop convenience store in Fayetteville Fayetteville convenience store worker critically wounded in robbery

Two customers who were inside the store at the time hid from the gunmen behind video machines, police said.

Police released photos from the store security camera of the suspected robbers, and investigators are reviewing the footage to try to get a description of the getaway car.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about the shooting is asked to call detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910483-8477.

"I would never, ever have thought someone would come in here and shoot up that store," customer Shanee Burtwell said. "It's kind of crazy to me."

Co-workers said Bouzerda was shot three times, once each in the abdomen, the chest and the arm, and Ould was shot twice in the side.

Burtwell said Bouzerda has worked at the Quick Stop for only a month. She called Ould a close friend.

"That man was nice," she said of Ould. "You could come in, and if you don't have any money, he knew you got paid at a certain time, (and) he would let you get stuff out of there. He had a good heart."

The store reopened Tuesday afternoon.

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  • SFSOLDIER Nov 28, 11:08 a.m.

    piene2, you finally showed up with your liberal verbiage. Hang close, when the bads guys show up, I carry in the open and will protect you and your liberal attitude.

  • piene2 Nov 28, 9:09 a.m.

    ".6 gun packin' yahoos....!!! Where do you live..??? In the wild west..??..or maybe you watched one to many John Wayne movies...???? Feel free to exercise your freedom and "patronize" where criminals are most welcome...I will exercise mine and carry my protection, rather than calling someone, if alive, after the fact....!!!!!
    SmokeWagon"

    Yes you go on carrying your six gun. But do me a favor and try not to shoot any innocent bystanders. As much as the thought depresses me, I could end up being close proximity to you in some store or such.

  • anonemoose Nov 27, 6:43 p.m.

    We can send a man to the moon, Take pictures clear on Mars,,, And cant get a good shot at 5 feet.........

    I DON'T THINK THEY ARE TAKING PICTURES OF MARS WITH A $149 SAM'S CLUB VIDEO SYSTEM.

  • SmokeWagon Nov 27, 6:03 p.m.

    ..."That is why I prefer to patronize businesses that do not allow six gun packing Yahoos to enter...."

    LOL@u...6 gun packin' yahoos....!!! Where do you live..??? In the wild west..??..or maybe you watched one to many John Wayne movies...???? Feel free to exercise your freedom and "patronize" where criminals are most welcome...I will exercise mine and carry my protection, rather than calling someone, if alive, after the fact....!!!!!

  • Screw WrAl Nov 27, 5:12 p.m.

    very very interesting that there is almost zero comments on this story.

    not because good people haven't tried I'm sure.

  • oleguy Nov 27, 4:59 p.m.

    We can send a man to the moon, Take pictures clear on Mars,,, And cant get a good shot at 5 feet

  • 101jackson101 Nov 27, 4:01 p.m.

    Can't touch this.

  • angela32nc2 Nov 27, 4:00 p.m.

    Guys like this need to grow up and get real jobs. Unless of course they've already been through the system. We are building more prisons than schools. Our society as a whole is going down hill and unfortunately the innocent have to pay the ultimate price. I think also that people who work in places that are held up on a regular basis should be allowed to protect themselves and defend themselves. It would save tax payers alot of money if this problem could have been taken care of on the spot. Instead of having metal detectors at schools have them in banks, convenience stores, etc and the police can be called right away.

  • SFSOLDIER Nov 27, 3:33 p.m.

    A legal concealed weapon might have ended this differently.

  • working for deadbeats Nov 27, 3:31 p.m.

    Best comment of the day, affirmative!!!!!

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