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Stedman man charged in connection with shooting that injured daughter

Posted May 17, 2010
Updated May 18, 2010

— Cumberland County authorities have charged a Stedman man in connection with a weekend shooting that left his 11-year-old daughter seriously injured.

Johnny West, 35, of 232 Euclid St., was charged Monday with felony child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats.

Authorities said West went to 717 Mill Bay Drive in Stedman Friday evening to pick up his daughter. As he was leaving the home, he sped his vehicle through the neighborhood where other children were playing, authorities said.

A neighbor who saw West driving erratically shouted at him to slow down. West became angry and returned to the area with his two nephews and a gun with the intent of confronting the person who yelled at him, authorities said.

Authorities said West fired the weapon at a homeowner who returned fire striking West and his daughter. West suffered a superficial wound to his arm but his daughter was seriously injured by the gunfire, authorities said.

West received treatment to his wound at a nearby fire station. His daughter was transported by ambulance to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where she remained in critical condition Monday.

West was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $28,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Authorities haven't released the name of the homeowner who returned fire.


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  • babynewyeargirl May 18, 2010

    You have a situation that leaves a little girl critically injured because of bad decisions made by both parties. You have someone dumb enough to return to a confrontation with a gun and their children and someone else stupid for firing into a vehicle knowing it contained children. Hmmm...

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  • uthink May 18, 2010

    Too little time- I'm confused by your response.

  • cold hands warm heart May 18, 2010


  • Ol Forrester May 18, 2010

    This guy starts a gun fight and walks for a $28,000 bond??? I'm thinking he should still be cooling off in jail.

  • Too little time May 18, 2010

    Its nice to be able to defend yourself and your children.