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Police ID soldier shot outside Fayetteville hotel

Posted September 23, 2011

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— Fayetteville police have identified a soldier who was the victim of a fatal shooting outside a hotel late Wednesday.

Officers investigating reports of gunshots found Pfc. Chad Patrick Dellit, 22, of lying between two cars outside the Innkeeper Hotel, at 1720 Skibo Road. He had been shot in the head.

Fort Bragg said Friday that Dellit, of Fulton, Ill., enlisted in September 2008 and was assigned to the base's 20th Engineer Brigade.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Medal.

"(Dellit's) death is very unfortunate," Lt. Col. John Connor, commander, 20th Engineer Brigade (provisional), said in a statement. "It is with great sorrow that we learn of his death, and our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. Although Pfc. Dellit is no longer with us, his spirit and positive attitude will always be a part of our unit."

Investigators have not named a suspect in the shooting. A Fayetteville police spokesman said Thursday that investigators are following up on leads, interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video from the hotel.

They are also looking into a report from earlier that night about gunshots at the same hotel, in which a woman reported seeing someone run from the scene.

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  • michaelclay Sep 26, 2011

    marinewife101, I agree with you. It seems that every time something like this happens someone wants to know why a person was there. This is america and we are allowed to go any place we please as long as we're not braking the law.

  • marinewife101 Sep 23, 2011

    Wildcat - WHY DOES IT MATTER TO YOU?!?!? People are allowed to go where ever they please!!

  • wildcat Sep 23, 2011

    Still like to know why he was there in the first place.

  • Cotton333 Sep 23, 2011

    Rest in peace, soldier.

  • bluetarheel21 Sep 23, 2011

    Its sad that what the war didnt do, an idioit with a gun did. Rest in peace solider!

  • brwneyez70 Sep 23, 2011

    The Hotels/Motels by the mall are the most dangerous in the area! My family or friends would NEVER stay their!923/1218