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Two hurt in brawl outside Fayetteville store

Posted June 28, 2013

— A domestic dispute between two families in the parking lot of a Fayetteville auto parts store escalated into a brawl that left two men injured Friday afternoon, police said.

Fayetteville police said the mayhem unfolded while Donnie Smith, 58, was looking at a used Camaro for sale at the Advance Auto Parts at 2400 Owen Drive.

Smith had left his son, a young woman and her 2-year-old child in his vehicle. When he returned, he saw two men threatening his passengers.

Police said the two men, twin brothers William and Christopher Strickland, then turned on Smith. 

William Strickland charged Smith, who pulled out a handgun and shot him in the leg.

The Stricklands then got back into their SUV and ran into Smith, knocking him onto the hood of the vehicle, then slamming him into a light pole. They jumped out and were beating on Smith when a passer-by saw the fracas, stopped and pulled out his own gun in an attempt to stop the fighting.

By then, police and sheriff's deputies swarmed the scene and stopped the fight.

Smith was hospitalized for his injuries and will not face charges for firing his weapon at William Strickland, police said. The investigation showed that William Strickland had a history of domestic violence against the woman in Smith's vehicle.

William Strickland was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment of his gunshot wound and was listed in critical condition Friday night. When he is well enough, police plan to charge him with assault on a handicapped person, assault on a female, communication of threats, assault In the presence of a minor and damage to property. Before Friday's altercation, William Strickland was wanted on charges of assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, communication of threats and damage to property.

His brother, Christopher Strickland, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was being held Friday night at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $193,000 secured bond.


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  • sweetlyght Jul 1, 2013

    The passer-by that stopped and pulled a gun is in a whole lot of trouble unless he is an off duty police officer.

    Not so much. They guy was pinning someone againts a lightpole with his car. In this case the peson who pulled over and pulled his weapon was taking part in a life or death cituation. It's be no different than pulling your gun on someone robbing a friend at gun point.

  • sweetlyght Jul 1, 2013

    Fayetteville is not the place for that. There is a lot of armed military out there. Either way, This is a victory for the good guys.

  • Sherlock Jul 1, 2013

    To protect a 3d party, very good.

  • ims1924 Jun 28, 2013

    Waiting for the names of those involved.

  • rabdulwahid Jun 28, 2013

    Stopping @ the scene with your own gun to break it up...STUPID.

  • jerelmcgeachy Jun 28, 2013

    Actually the passer byer is not in trouble. Take your concealed weapon class.

  • LOL Carolina, LOL Jun 28, 2013

    The passer-by that stopped and pulled a gun is in a whole lot of trouble unless he is an off duty police officer.

  • mojaintsmall Jun 28, 2013

    too easy to even speculate on this...people that never obeyed the law never will!!! mojaintsmall