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Man wanted in Fayetteville shootings found hiding in dryer

Posted September 9, 2014 1:51 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2014 8:14 p.m. EDT

— A man wanted in three separate shootings in Fayetteville early Saturday was captured Tuesday after he was found hiding in a clothes dryer in a Cumberland County home, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities found Luther Gatling, 23, while searching a home in the 4400 block of Zabell Drive.

"As officers searched the home, they noticed one of Gatling’s dreadlocks sticking out of the closed dryer door," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Gatling was removed from the clothes dryer, handcuffed and transported to the Fayetteville Police Department."

Gatling was found in the home of Corienne Ladwon Whitfield, 21, who was arrested and charged with harboring or aiding certain persons. She was released from jail on an unsecured bond.

Detectives said Tuesday they would like to speak with Ryan Detrell Robinson, 22, about the shooting. He is not wanted, authorities said. They only want to speak with him.

Gatling, of 208 Teague St., is accused of shooting three people in three separate shootings that took place over 30 minutes at locations along Bragg Boulevard.

The first shooting happened just before 3:20 a.m. outside a club at 4943 Bragg Blvd. Authorities say a dark-colored SUV drove into the parking lot and hit the curb. Patrons in the parking lot began to exchange words with the driver of the SUV when someone inside the vehicle opened fire, police said.

Gatling is also accused of shooting at a taxicab about 10 minutes later near B and Link streets. No one was injured in that shooting.

The third shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. in the 800 block of Orange Street. A woman was shot in the leg while standing in the front yard of her home. Again, witnesses described a dark SUV and a passenger firing from inside.

"It appears random," said Lt. James Nolette.

Anthony Glover was injured in the first shooting and suffered a wound to his leg. He questions whether Gatling was the man who shot him.

"The guy that was shooting at us, he (had) really dark skin, very dark skin, and I don't remember his hair being that long, neither," he said.