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Police, Lions Club to talk after double shooting

Posted February 22, 2010 11:25 a.m. EST
Updated February 22, 2010 5:17 p.m. EST

— Sanford police said they will speak soon with the leaders of the Lions Club after the fourth shooting in two years happened this weekend at a facility the club rents out.

Two men were shot during a party attended by about 250 people at a Lee County fairgrounds building early Sunday. Police said the Lions Club had rented the building to a private individual.

Capt. David Smith said that Lions Club President Richard Handley has invited police to talk with them at a board meeting. Smith said he will talk to board members about the shootings and recurring security issues.

The Lions Club is a long-standing community-service organization. It rents its facilities on Seventh Street to raise funds.

Tauren Tyrell Gunter, 19, of Sanford, was charged with shooting Errick Leonard Washington and Franklin Deon Dorsett. Smith said Monday morning that both men were are in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Gunter was being held in the Lee County Jail Monday under a $1 million bond. He is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Smith said that investigators haven't determined a motive in the shooting or recovered the gun used in it.

Gunter was placed on probation in November after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into property, drug possession and maintaining a place for a contraband substance, according to state Department of Correction records. Gunter was also convicted of simple assault in 2008.