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Suspect sought in shooting, car theft at Fayetteville gas station

Posted November 30, 2011

— Fayetteville police are searching for a 19-year-old man in connection with a shooting and robbery outside a gas station last week.

Darnell Ray Lewis is not in custody, police said Wednesday. He is wanted on charges of attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Police believe a second person conspired with Lewis to commit the crimes.

Officers were called to 5520 Raeford Road on Nov. 23 to investigate a motor vehicle theft and shooting. Investigators learned that, around 7:30 p.m., a man got out of a parked green-colored car and into the backseat of the victim's car, put a gun to the victim's head and demanded money.

The man pulled the trigger several times, but the gun malfunctioned, police said. The victim got out of the car and ran, and the man then fired several shots, striking a Ford Expedition parked nearby.

A driver and two juvenile passengers were in the SUV, but were not hit. The robbery victim was not injured either.

The shooter drove away in the victim's car, followed by the green car, police said. The victim's car was found three days later at a Target store on Skibo Road.

It wasn't clear whether Lewis was the suspected gunman or the driver of the green car.

Anyone with information about the shooting and robbery, Lewis' whereabouts or the identity of the second person involved is asked to call police at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS.


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  • weaver52000 Dec 1, 2011

    Please arm yourselves against these punks. Now I know that becuase the perp just jumped in the car and put the gun to the victim's head, if the gun had not malfunctioned, even a concealed carrier may not have had a chance to grab his gun. But in this situation with the gun malfunctioning, after the hearing the gun click and no bullet, the perp would have met his Maker.

  • warbirdlover Dec 1, 2011

    I have never had my M1911A1 .45 Colt ever misfire or jam. It has been on this earth since 1942 and was carried by my Dad in combat in all the major battle in the pacific during WWII. After shooting it it gets ths Spa treatment with a through cleaning and a oil massage. They just don't make stuff as tough anymore. Wonder when all these punks guns have been cleaned last????

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 1, 2011

    Sure hope they catch this guy in a hurry, if he pulled trigger that fast, he's a danger to the public.

  • same ole story Dec 1, 2011

    Once again No surprises here. Just wish he would have got into a car with a "carrying" driver!!!!

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 30, 2011

    This is why my car doors stay locked with ol' Betsy at my side!

  • PeaceOut2017 Nov 30, 2011

    thank God for cheap malfunctioning guns

  • sunshine1040 Nov 30, 2011

    This was news on Nov 24th now it is just a follow up story do you know how far a person can travel even without money in a week