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On second look, bond boosted in Caswell County shooting

Racial overtones and a low bond have prompted a second look at a Caswell County shooting.

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YANCEYVILLE, N.C. — A shooting in Caswell County earlier this month has attracted the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Sheriff's deputies arrested John C. Fuqua, 52, on Sept. 5 after he fired his shotgun toward a family walking near his home on Brown Road. Fuqua's shot hit two children, ages 7 and 10. Fuqua is white; the children are black.

Fuqua made his initial bond of $5,000 and was released, but was taken back into custody under $130,000 bond. Caswell County's District Attorney Joel Brewer said the initial bond was "grossly low for a felony assault against children."

The U.S. Department of Justice might investigate whether the shooting was a hate crime based on racial slurs that Fuqua reportedly used.

Both children are recovering from their injuries.

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