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Sanford man charged in shooting death

Posted December 26, 2013

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— A Sanford man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 46-year-old man, police said Thursday.

Sanford police said they went to 405 Dudley Ave. on Tuesday for a report of a gunshot victim and found Michael Andre Smith with injuries. He was taken to UNC Hospitals, where he died on Christmas.

Police on Wednesday found Phillip Howard Fortune, 20, of the 600 block of McIver Street, at his residence and arrested him without incident. He was held without bond in the Lee County jail.

Police did not say whether the men knew each other or release more details about the crime.

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  • Obamacare for America Dec 26, 2013

    batcave, why the need to have a gun in the first place if you don't intend to injure or kill someone with it? Senseless.

  • batcave Dec 26, 2013

    Obamacare for America

    How many is too many? Gun crime is all about demographics , that is if you want to have a real conversation about it.

  • Obamacare for America Dec 26, 2013

    TheRealThing is right. We have a gun problem in this state and it starts with having too many of them in the hands of honest citizens or not.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 26, 2013

    nothing to see here folks. the constitution-loving patriot was just excercising his 2nd Amendment FREEDOMS to shoot something or someone.

    sorry for any collateral damage that may have resulted, but it's more important to protect our constitutional FREEDOMS.
    TheRealThing

    Since your solution for dealing with incidents like this is to restrict the rights of honest citizens because a criminal violated the law, then perhaps a better solution would be to restrict the news media's printing/broadcasting these stories.

    What is the difference between restricting the first amendment and the second?

  • theblazer Dec 26, 2013

    TheRealThing - oh yeah, that looks exactly like the average "constitution-loving patriot."
    No, actually looks like the common everyday criminal with no regard for the constitution or government.

  • zacksmill Dec 26, 2013

    Sorry, but I didn't read anything in the article about the shooter using his "2nd Amendment FREEDOMS" for self-defense in this situation. He is being held without bond. I also didn't read anything about the victim being "collateral damage" because the shooter was trying to shoot someone else. Are you sure you weren't reading a different story and commented on the wrong one?

  • Prayer starts with P Dec 26, 2013

    nothing to see here folks. the constitution-loving patriot was just excercising his 2nd Amendment FREEDOMS to shoot something or someone.

    sorry for any collateral damage that may have resulted, but it's more important to protect our constitutional FREEDOMS.