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Two charged in fatal shooting near Cumberland courthouse

Posted December 18, 2014

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— Fayetteville police charged two people early Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon near the Cumberland County courthouse.

Phillip Haynes, 17, of 314 Bryan St., is charged with first-degree murder and shooting into a motor vehicle, and Jamie Thornton, 20, of 4812 Alamance Road, is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

According to investigators, Haynes fired shots into a silver Chevrolet Impala driven by 25-year-old Paul Chappell at about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Person and Cool Spring streets.

Chappell was shot while inside the vehicle, then drove a short distance before crashing into a parked vehicle inside a parking lot at 235 Person Street, police said.

Chappell was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he later died.

Investigators believe the shooting may have been a domestic incident. Three additional people inside Chappell's vehicle at the time of the shooting, including an infant, were not injured.

Haynes was in the Cumberland County jail Thursday being held without bond. Thornton is jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.


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  • allenmga Dec 18, 2014

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    Luckily for you--in your "above average" bubble--you don't have to deal with the drug dealers, junkies, thieves, murderers, etc that wreak havoc on these communities on a daily basis like the LEOs do. All of these terrible news stories that you read behind the comfort of your computer screen are what law enforcement is dealing with every day.

    Sure, we’re taught not to pass judgments but if I walk through a hospital dressed in a white jacket, stethoscope, and holding a clip board it’s inevitable that I’m going to be mistaken for a doctor...

  • seenbetterdaze Dec 18, 2014

    We wonder why this sort of thing keeps happening all over the US. What can be done to stop these senseless crimes. Remember when the once Great Public Schools enforced discipline? Taught Cultural Morality? Till the horrible Political Correctness "fixed" the public schools. Now teachers cannot teach kids Right From Wrong...and there are too many parents that refuse to teach their own kids much of Anything, and Crime keeps increasing to the point that nobody is safe, in their own homes, on the streets, in their own cars, at the malls, and our kids are no longer even safe at School.

  • Derric Fuller Dec 18, 2014
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    Well, I'm an average American (well, above average, actually) and just because people share a skin color or a culture, I'm smart enough to know not to make a callow judgment upon all due to the actions of a few.

    Just good common sense.

  • Derric Fuller Dec 18, 2014
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    This is what happens when you're mentally stunted and place yourself in a box. You just don't give a hoot about your fellow man or the consequences to anyone, including yourself.

  • Setnitst8 Dec 18, 2014

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    Couldn't agree more...