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Man, 7-year-old girl shot after Fayetteville wreck

Posted March 22, 2011 10:53 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2011 11:36 a.m. EDT

— A driver shot a man and his 7-year-old daughter after a wreck on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville Tuesday night, police said.

Police spokesman Gavin McRoberts said that Eric Samuel Jones Jr. rear-ended a white sedan, occupied by Darrick Kelly and his 7- and 4-year-old daughter, around 9:30 p.m. on Bragg Boulevard, near William Clark Road. 

Jones, 21, of 2515 Cattail Circle, ran to the sedan, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and fired, striking Kelly three times and the 7-year-old girl four times, McRoberts said. The 4-year-old girl was unharmed.

Kelly and his daughters ran into a nearby Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits restaurant for help, police said. McRoberts said they were taken to Cape Fear Valley Hospital, and their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Witnesses said that Jones tried to hijack a car in the restaurant parking lot, but police said they haven't been able to verify that information. Officers arrested Jones as he was fleeing from the scene on foot.

Jones was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Additional charges are pending, police said.

McRoberts said that Jones was convicted in 2007 of two counts each of felony breaking and entering and larceny. He served about four months in jail.