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Police: Men shoot driver, steal car outside Fayetteville Food Lion

Posted October 8, 2012 5:37 p.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2012 5:43 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police have charged one man and are looking for another in a shooting and robbery outside a Food Lion grocery store on McArthur Road Sunday evening.

Police said Monday that Lance Williams, 24, was in his 1994 Chevy Caprice with two other men around 6 p.m. when one of the men shot him. Wounded, Williams got out, and the two men took off in his car.

Williams was taken to a local hospital, but his condition was not released.

Officers found the Caprice in the Rowan Street area a short time later, but when they pulled up behind it, the two suspects stopped the car and fled on foot.

One suspect, 20-year-old Malcolm James Merritt, was caught and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was being held under a $215,000 secured bond at the Cumberland County jail.

The other suspect, who has not been identified, is not in custody. He is described as a black man in his early 20s, with a dark skin tone, short dreadlocks, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and wearing a gray or green hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to call police at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-TIPS. 

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