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Lack Of Cooperation Leads To No Charges In Fayetteville Triple Shooting

Posted June 30, 2006 7:30 a.m. EDT

— Police are no longer investigating the shooting of three people at a Fayetteville shopping center early Thursday morning.

An unnamed person pulled a gun and shot two men and one woman in the parking lot of a strip mall during an argument. All three victims survived, but none pressed charges.

The female victim's sister, who didn't want to give her name, doesn't know why police dropped the charges or what led to the shooting.

"Just in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess," she said.

Since the victims don't want to help, officers are dropping the case.

"If they're not being cooperative in giving those statements and they're not willing to pursue charges, then our investigators have nothing to go on," said police spokeswoman Jamie Smith.

That doesn't sit well with everyone.

"Something like that just can't go unanswered. People could be out here next Wednesday and the following Wednesday. (Police) need to really investigate that," said shopping center employee Sean Beaman.

Authorities said that such situations are commonplace. For example, charges often aren't filed in violent confrontations between family members.