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Bizarre Car Crash in Harnett County

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LILLINGTON — Officers have identified a man founddead after a car crash Friday night -- but who actually had diedof a gunshot wound.

Called to the accident scene, Harnett County deputies originallythought James Prince, 20, had died from results of the crash. Hisbright yellow Geo showed no obvious blood. Prince was taken to WomackArmy Hospital at Fort Bragg, where he was pronounced dead of gunshotwounds.

The unusual event began unfolding about 7:45 p.m. Friday night.Witnesses said Prince was behind the wheel of his car, headiing out of OldFarm mobile home park, near Birchwood and Overhills roads.

Onlookers said a pedestrian stopped to talk with Prince, then pulledout a gun and fired it twice into the driver's side window.

Prince drove away from his attacker, his car subsequently shooting offthe road and landing upside down in a ditch.

Investigators were back at the scene Saturday, looking for clues andfor the second bullet that missed Prince.

The suspect is described as a slim, black male about 20 years old, witha medium complexion. It's believed that Prince knew hisassailant.

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