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Sanford officer, two others shot outside community center

Posted February 23, 2014

— Remika Reed is praying for things to improve in Sanford after a police officer and two others were shot in the Lee County town Saturday night.

"I'm praying for peace in my community, because I have a young son who is 9 year old – and what's going on out there, I don't want it to continue to go on with him," the Sanford mother said Sunday afternoon after attending church services.

The shooting happened outside M.T. Burch Center, at 1122 Boykin Ave., at about 11:35 p.m. as two officers were responding to a disturbance call.

Several people approached the officers, shots were fired at the officers and the officers returned fire, authorities said.

One officer was hit in the upper thigh. Two people in the group were hit by return fire from the officers.

About 75 teenagers were inside the community center at the time.

"It was just a young teen party, no alcohol, no drugs, no beer, none of that," said Milton Burch, who owns the building.

The party was unrelated to the shooting, police said.

The injured officer was treated and released from Central Carolina Hospital. Police have not released the officer's name.

Darrell Naquan Hill, 19, of 2906 Cameron Drive, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault on law enforcement officer with a firearm and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

Hill was treated for shoulder and head injuries and was released from Central Carolina Hospital. He remained at the Lee County jail Sunday under a $500,000 bond.

A second suspect was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending upon his release.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting and the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

For Reed, the shooting has left her concerned for her son.

"It is very scary because my son, I want a different world for my son," she said. "I would love for it to get better. I just don't know how. I can help my son but I can't help everyone else's, but I can try."


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  • Ralph Savary Feb 25, 2014
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    Not at all, it has more to do with the decline of a civilized society in certain areas than the proliferation of guns. Where I used to live violent crime is very low (5th lowest in the country) while there is an abundance of firearms, so much so that I knew very few families without them.

  • dwr1964 Feb 24, 2014

    I just love how some of you people look way past the part of the article which says that it was a STOLEN gun. This just goes to prove the fact that criminals, don't give one ounce of care or concern, as to the laws dealing with guns. It also shows the growing amount of stupidity, in your blaming an inanimate object for the actions of a criminal.

  • heels21 Feb 24, 2014

    75 teens in one place with no drugs or alcohol? hahaha That's the start of the problem right there. Who believes that???

  • 678devilish Feb 24, 2014

    In this day and age, more and more young men are going to prison for a long time or life. How are you parents raising your boys? You do play a part in what happens in their growing years.

  • Nancy Martin Feb 24, 2014
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    Stolen gun. Criminals don't care, they'll steal the gun and kill as they please.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Feb 24, 2014

    "It was just a young teen party, no alcohol, no drugs, no beer, none of that," said Milton Burch, who owns the building.
    ------ There's no such thing as a "just a young teen party". It's more of a "trouble looking for a place to happen" kind of party. Of course he's going to say that. He owns the property and doesn't want a bad reputation,

  • sunshine1040 Feb 24, 2014

    I have yet to see a gun take itself out of the safe walk over to the locked ammo cabinet load it self and fire by itself sorry but some person had to do all that and this shooting was not done by someone that attended an NRA weapon safety class

  • da_man Feb 24, 2014

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    What an insane response. smh

  • Reggie Berryman Feb 24, 2014
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    My point exactly, we make it too easy to get guns! I'm willing to bet the majority of gun thefts occur when guns are left in unlocked vehicles...and the gun owners response, I'll just go get another one!

  • abwhite88 Feb 24, 2014

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    With the proliferation of VIOLENT AND/OR ILL-WILLED gun owners*