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Police: Drug deal gone wrong was motive for Fayetteville restaurant shooting

Posted May 11
Updated May 12

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— Fayetteville police believe a drug deal gone wrong was the motive for a Tuesday night shooting in the parking lot of Smoky Bones restaurant near the Cross Creek Mall.

Officers responded to the restaurant at 1891 Skibo Road at 7:12 p.m. and found Algeria Khalyid McNair, 21, of Fayetteville, with gunshot wounds to his face, neck and knee. McNair was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was undergoing surgery Tuesday night.

Witnesses said McNair was parked in his vehicle when a silver SUV pulled up beside him. Someone got out of the SUV and went to McNair’s car, where the shooting began.

"Next thing you know, the suspect pulls out a handgun, shoots the victim a couple times. The victim then falls to the ground and he shoots him again," said Fayetteville police Lt. Mike Geske. "We do know the suspect reached in and grabbed something out of the victim's vehicle and fled the area."

Investigators say drug dealers are increasingly using locations such as busy parking lots to conduct transactions so they can hide in plain view.

Last month, a person was shot in from of the Charlie C's grocery store on Reily Road, police said. The victim crashed his car trying to get away.

Anybody with information regarding Tuesday's shooting is asked to call Fayetteville police at 910-303-9554 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • Sean Creasy May 12, 7:35 a.m.
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    Tell me it isn't so!!! Must be those pesky Durham transplants!!