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Fayetteville boy, 3, dies after being shot inside home

Posted April 25
Updated April 26

— Police say that a 3-year-old boy died Saturday after being shot at a Fayetteville home early Friday morning. 

Someone fired shots on Peele Street shortly before 3:30 a.m., and one of them went into a mobile home and struck Ahmad Daniels, authorities said.

Ahmad was taken to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he underwent surgery Friday morning. The child was pronounced dead just after 11:40 a.m. Saturday. 

"I heard four shots last night within two minutes," neighbor Crystal Campbell said, adding that she didn't want to investigate. "Me and my family, we're trying to find another place to live because this is a bad area."

Ahmad's uncle, Detwan Harkins, said the boy was sleeping on a mattress in the home, which belongs Ahmed's grandmother, when a stray bullet struck him in the chest.

"I was going crazy at the hospital last night because I was afraid they were going to say my nephew was dead," Harkins said.

Toys sat outside his bullet-riddled home Friday.

"Out of all people, a 3-year-old baby. He didn't do nothing to nobody," Harkins said, calling Ahmed a "happy crybaby" and a "mama's boy."

He said "jealousy" prompted the shooting but didn't elaborate.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has released few details about what led up to the shooting, and no suspects have been named, but Sheriff Moose Butler noted that the shooting occurred in the same mobile home park that deputies raided last week and confiscated drugs and firearms.

"This situation just further demonstrates how horrible this crime is and how deplorable these living conditions are," Butler said in a statement. "Even though people in this area knew that law enforcement was watching and ready to act, they showed how little respect they have for human life."

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office was investigating the case as a murder. Deputies set up a mobile command post and were seeking leads and tips in the case. 

"Every resource will be used to bring the responsible person or persons to justice for the death of this child," Sheriff Earl Butler said. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or 910-677-5548.

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  • kermit60 Apr 28, 10:35 a.m.

    "Every resource will be used to bring the responsible person or persons to justice for the death of this child," Sheriff Earl Butler said. Of course it will. There is an election to win in a couple of weeks.

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 28, 9:48 a.m.

    Rest in peace, sweet little Ahmad.

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 25, 4:48 p.m.

    If the government would stop enabling them,,,, There would not be so much of this going on.

    — Posted by truthhurts1000

    Enabling WHO?
    The three year old who was shot while staying at his grandmothers house? (You assume because they don't live in a house like yours, they're on handouts)
    Or the people who fired the gun? (and have not been caught so we don't know anything about them)

  • disgusted2010 Apr 25, 4:39 p.m.

    Grand Union Apr 25, 4:10 p.m.

    Wrong, almost all are purchased from private sellers who do not care who they sell to.

    Do you have proof of this outlandish statement?

    And even if true that most were stolen, a half decent gun safe would foil all but the most enterprising thieves.

    Again, I would like to know how you know so much about thieves.

    It is so in every other western country not cursed with a border with the US, quite why you imagine it would be different here is hard to see.

    If the US is such a curse then why did you move here? AND, why do you remain here?

    Also, since you love to flaunt your first amendment rights, why do you begrudge others their second?

  • You Voted For Him Apr 25, 4:37 p.m.

    " I was making the point that those who share WRAL's anti gun bias can post basically whatever... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    Grand Union...Since I can tell you have it all figured out and the answers to these problems are so simple why don't you run for office?

    I've always wondered what it was like to have the perfect answer to everything and do a simple google search and believe every link that shows up first.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 25, 4:35 p.m.

    " I was making the point that those who share WRAL's anti gun bias can post basically whatever... View More

    — Posted by Grand Union

    I know that many of my posts never see the light of day, can you say that as you seem to be the most prolific anti-gun cheerleader who posts regularly. I also see your name calling and personal attack posts seem to regularly make it into print.

  • truthhurts1000 Apr 25, 4:25 p.m.

    If the government would stop enabling them,,,, There would not be so much of this going on.

  • Grand Union Apr 25, 4:14 p.m.

    " I was making the point that those who share WRAL's anti gun bias can post basically whatever they want and those that post pro or neutral gun posts get censored at a higher rate. "

    How can you possibly know that??? I see no shortage of posts from gun lovers or any obvious attempt to remove the more egregiously silly ones.

  • Grand Union Apr 25, 4:10 p.m.

    " Convicted Felons are not allowed to possess a firearm but under the most rare of circumstances. Thus they obtain them illegally. Most firearms that are involved in crimes are stolen.'

    Wrong, almost all are purchased from private sellers who do not care who they sell to. And even if true that most were stolen, a half decent gun safe would foil all but the most enterprising thieves. Without the constant flow of private gun purchases the flow to criminals would quickly sink to a trickle.
    It is so in every other western country not cursed with a border with the US, quite why you imagine it would be different here is hard to see.

  • dwr1964 Apr 25, 4:09 p.m.

    GRANDUNION....Feel free to move to New York City. It's illegal to own hand guns there. You should be much more comfortable in that environment.

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