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Woman, 24, shot at Fayetteville ATM

Posted March 31, 2014
Updated April 1, 2014

— Police said Monday that a woman was shot late Sunday while making a deposit at a Fayetteville bank.

Anna Louise Williams, 24, was shot once in the torso at the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 4549 Raeford Road shortly after 9 p.m., police said. She was listed in critical but stable condition Monday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Investigators said Williams was the passenger in a car driven by a friend that entered the bank's drive-through lane from the wrong direction so she could use the automated teller to make a deposit. An unidentified man approached the car, shouted "Hey" and fired him gun without ever demanding money, police said.

"We don't know how quick everything was moving along – if, in fact, he was going to commit a robbery, and maybe he surprised them," said Lt. Todd Joyce of the Fayetteville Police Department. "Something startled him, and he fired the weapon."

Williams' friend sped off after the shooting and drove directly to Cape Fear Valley, which is about five minutes from the bank.

Police called the shooting a random crime, which Joyce said is concerning.

"Everything at this point suggests that the offender and the victim did not know each other," he said. "Of course, that makes it more alarming for us, and also I know the public has a concern."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.


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  • Obamacare returns again Apr 1, 2014

    I will never set foot in the city of Fayetteville for as long as I live.

  • Big Mike Mar 31, 2014

    Never ever go and get money out of an ATM after dark..drive to the mall and pay the $3 and save yourself..

  • Hessian Diesel Mar 31, 2014
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    Is this part of the Charlotte model the FPD chief was talking about?

  • Randy Smith Mar 31, 2014
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    My wife has to make store deposits after midnight, but at least her company pays a police officer to be there with her. Scary world we live in!

  • Patty MacRae Mar 31, 2014
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    Smart move on the friend's part to go right to the hospital. Valuable minutes were saved and maybe a life with her quick thinking.

  • anotherbabyboomer Mar 31, 2014

    Maybe he was thinking they were going to rob him since they were going the wrong way. Probably not though.

  • Karen Orndorff Mar 31, 2014
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    I don't go to the ATM's at night, prayers for the ladies family.

  • jej4560 Mar 31, 2014

    Now their shooting people for just being there not even trying to rob them! My best wishes go out to the women and her family!