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Two killed in Fayetteville shootings

Posted April 12, 2013

— Two men died early Friday in Fayetteville after they were involved in “an exchange of gunfire” during a home invasion, police said.

Fayetteville police had been searching for clues after officers were called to two separate emergencies before dawn.

The first was at 3:37 a.m., when they received a call about a home invasion at a house in the 7500 block of Levi Road in west Fayetteville. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and found a man with a gunshot wound on nearby Martha Court.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he died.

About two hours later, officers were called to the 5400 block of South Sumac Circle, off Hope Mills Road, about nine miles away from the first crime scene. They found a man lying next to the street, dead from a gunshot wound. He was later identified as Xavier White, 20.

Investigators determined both men were involved in the home invasion and there was an exchange of gunfire “during an encounter with the victim.” It was not clear whether the deceased men shot each other or were shot by someone else.

Police said a man and woman who live at the Levi Road home were unhurt.

Vanessa Martinez, who lives across the street from where White’s body was found, was taking her 13-year-old son to the bus stop when she saw police.

"To wake up first thing in the morning and that's the first thing you see, that's frightening," she said. "You know, it made me emotional."

Anyone with information on the shootings should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Apr 12, 2013

    Fayetteville is nearly as bad as Durham! What has happened to my hometown?

  • agentsmirf Apr 12, 2013

    Most people own their houses on this circle. Only a few rent and everyone on this street is familiar when something out of place. I live on north sumac and this isnt a bad neighborhood at all. Its the gas station at top of the hill that attracts people for drug deals amd etc. Few cases of roaming dogs and people speeding but overall this is a great neighborhood. Its unfortunate what happened but you cant blame the neighborhood. Im a night owl and i didnt hear any gunshots last night which brings me to believe this crime happened somewhere else and the body was just dumped here. Just my .02

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 12, 2013

    This town is in a downward spiral ...Selling my house, moving to the mountains..soonest.

  • AestheticStyle Apr 12, 2013

    Sumac circle has steadily gone down hill since I moved to the area 3 years ago. There were two different drug busts there made by the swat unit for Fayetteville not more than 6 months ago. I deliver to people that live there and all have video surveillance and alarms now. It's really sad what's happening here. I'm glad I'm able to move my family out of the area. I know not all of Fayetteville is bad but it's getting to where the good and bad are no longer separated.

  • shoebitch Apr 12, 2013

    WOW Sumac is right by my parents house. But shootings in L. Village don't surprise me anymore..

  • SFSOLDIER Apr 12, 2013

    Sumac circle was at one time a nice, clean safe area. Not now! What has changed??? I wonder??