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Police: Men shoot driver, steal car outside Fayetteville Food Lion

Posted October 8, 2012

— Fayetteville police have charged one man and are looking for another in a shooting and robbery outside a Food Lion grocery store on McArthur Road Sunday evening.

Police said Monday that Lance Williams, 24, was in his 1994 Chevy Caprice with two other men around 6 p.m. when one of the men shot him. Wounded, Williams got out, and the two men took off in his car.

Williams was taken to a local hospital, but his condition was not released.

Officers found the Caprice in the Rowan Street area a short time later, but when they pulled up behind it, the two suspects stopped the car and fled on foot.

One suspect, 20-year-old Malcolm James Merritt, was caught and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held under a $215,000 secured bond at the Cumberland County jail.

The other suspect, who has not been identified, is not in custody. He is described as a black man in his early 20s, with a dark skin tone, short dreadlocks, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and wearing a gray or green hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to call police at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases. Callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • Glass Half Full Oct 11, 2012

    Laws need a backbone and prison should be a place people don't want to be. The whole entitlement issue is another soapbox for another day. I can only hate it for anyone who intends to entitle themselves to the people I love or things I have worked for.

  • gabewilliams12 Oct 11, 2012

    Oh he knows he shot his tail. He better start talking before he become "missing"

  • lopo Oct 9, 2012

    Everyone wants a better police force or new laws to stop the crime. But come on, City of Fayetteville has a very large population who does not work and pays no taxes but abuses our EMS, hospitals, firefightes and police on a daily bases. One reason the city is annexing communities into the city, looking for people who work and pay taxes. In the mean time we have white flight moving to other counties to escape the crime and high taxes. What to do?

  • realcloak Oct 9, 2012

    OMG! I missed the "Posession of a firearm by a felon". Yep, 'Fed' time, 20 years mandatory. Thats a shame and disgrace, he isnt even old enough to have legally tasted his first beer. Now he'll get his first taste of toilet wine in Central Prison. Good riddance.

    Why am I so angry? because my Dad and Mom complain every time I call home that they cant even take a stroll around my old neighborhood (new ponderosa) without hearing gun shots or seeing sneakers hanging from power lines (a sign of marked gang territory. shoe color indicates which gang) or being harrassed by groups of young proto-goblins. Why should they be forced to move from crime and ignorance to feel safe? They were supposed to retire happily, and now I have to help them high tail it out of there because it's simply no longer safe. I blame my government in more ways than one.

  • kermit60 Oct 9, 2012

    The laws will not deter this until society makes these people understand that the sense of entitlement they have is false. It can punish after the act but it will not deter. These people feel that they have a right to do whatever it takes to get the things they think someone should have already given them.

  • TimeWillTell Oct 9, 2012

    Once again, a vote for Project Exile. Five years in federal prison, no possiibility of parole, for possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. Penalty increases to ten years if the weapon is actually used in the crime. That has been shown to work, and the anti-gun crowd hates it because it targets the crimninal and not the weapon.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Oct 8, 2012

    How about starting with merely enforcing the laws we have now...?

  • mfarmer1 Oct 8, 2012


    Not so, the death penalty has been on the books for a long time, but people still commit murders. If your logic was true, we would never have another murder.

  • trianglerelic Oct 8, 2012

    ALL Crimes involving weapons should carry a life sentence. You don't bring a weapon to a crime unless you plan to inflict serious damage and likely to KILL.. Make crimes involving weapons, espcially guns carry such stiff penalties that ciminals will think again before doing it...