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Teen dies after shooting at Fayetteville apartment complex

Posted July 18, 2013

— A 16-year-old boy who was critically injured during a shooting at a Fayetteville apartment complex early Thursday has died, police said.

Fayetteville police identified the teen as Ashton Fox, who lived in the 5200 block of Foxfire Road, less than 3 miles away from where he was shot.

Police responded to a 12:30 a.m. emergency call at the Reserve at Carrington apartments, in the 4200 block of Tatum Drive, and found the critically injured teen.

According to investigators, Fox was shot during a fight among people who were attending a party. Witnesses told WRAL News that the gathering was a pool party being held at the apartment complex's clubhouse. 

A neighbor said he saw between 50 and 100 people scatter following the shooting and that he saw two cars leave the scene.

Maryam James, who lives in the apartment complex and has worked as a medic, said she rushed to help the injured teen after being alerted to the incident by her daughter. 

"It was a boy lying down, and he had been shot in the head," James said. "He was breathing."

James said another fight broke out behind her while she waited on emergency personnel to arrive. 

"There's just hysteria – bottles breaking. I don't know what else is going on," she said. "I don't know who is the shooter. I'm just trying to make sure (the shooting victim) doesn't stop breathing in the middle of all this chaos."

No arrests have been made. James said she won't easily forget what happened.

"It's in your home. Your children could have gotten shot," she said. "You have to walk by this blood stain all the time."

A spokeswoman with Cumberland County schools said Fox attended Westover High School, where he played basketball.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was briefly locked down after the shooting. Hospital administrators then put the facility on diversion status, which meant it stopped accepting new patients in the emergency room. Officials told WRAL News that the lockdown and diversion were not related.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • seumfithy Jul 18, 2013

    So if the shooting had nothing to do with the diversion in the ER why were they not accepting any new patients in the ER? Isn't that against the law? tripplobby

    Umm no it is not against the law. All hospitals go on diversion status from time to time. It means the ER is full and they don't have staff or beds to treat new patients, so they are sent to the next closest facility. However, critical patients who need immediate care are still accepted in most cases. In Wake an announcement is sent to EMS units when there is a status change so they are aware.

  • trippbobby Jul 18, 2013

    So if the shooting had nothing to do with the diversion in the ER why were they not accepting any new patients in the ER? Isn't that against the law?

  • rmsmith Jul 18, 2013

    Where is CNN and MSNBC ?

  • sunshine1040 Jul 18, 2013

    When I was in high school I had a curfew set by my parents and it was their way or the highway. I still do not know may 15 and 16 year old teens that can pay for their own apartments food transportation and medical. Where are the parents of these teens?

  • mac240 Jul 18, 2013

    I see a lawsuit against the complex coming soon and nothing will happen to the shooter!

  • 1madspectator Jul 18, 2013

    Was this a "party" sponsored by the complex? or just a bunch of people that decided they would go "after hours" and have their own pool party with no parents? hmmmmmmmmm??? I wonder what the complex has to say about all of this.....

  • Obamacare rules Jul 18, 2013

    thanks joeBob.....I think I'll start referring to this city as Fatalville.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 18, 2013

    It appears as though Cape Fear Valley Emergency Room is well aware of the Fayetteville crime and gang problems.

  • RonnieR Jul 18, 2013

    It would seem if they were on lock down, they would have to be on diversion, as any new arriving patients could not get in.

  • imyth Jul 18, 2013

    Anytime a shooting comes into the Cape Fear Valley Emergency Room, they go on lockdown. It's a safety precaution to keep those that may wish to cause further harm to the victim from gaining access....