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Police: Suspect wanted to 'kill somebody,' 'didn't matter who'

Posted June 7, 2009 1:41 p.m. EDT
Updated June 7, 2009 3:57 p.m. EDT

— One of two men arrested after two weekend shootings and a chase told police that he had intended to kill someone in Fayetteville early Saturday, investigators said.

Neither suspect has a criminal history.

Officers were first called out to 305 Rhew St., where a 25-year-old man had been shot in the arm. Police said the victim was uncooperative and wanted the investigation to end. But officers managed to find out that the shooter had left in a white Dodge Neon occupied by two other people.

Next, police learned that a man had been shot in the lower extremities during an attempted robbery of him and another man at 395 Pee Jay Lane. The shooters again fled in a white Dodge Neon, the victims said.

Two off-duty officers spotted a white Dodge Neon inbound on Bragg Boulevard and attempted to stop it. The driver fled from police and headed toward the Market House and then outbound Person Street, police said. The Dodge crashed into a traffic circle at Person Street, outside the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Officers arrested Raheen Jamar Langley, 19, and Stephen Garret, 24, without incident. A woman in the car was not charged.

One suspect said they were "going to Fayetteville to kill somebody, and it didn't matter who," police said.

The victims' injuries were non-life-threatening.

Garrett and Langley were both charged with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

They were being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under separate $250,000 secured bonds. Each man was set to appear in court Monday.

Except for traffic misdemeanors committed when Langley was 16, neither suspect has been convicted of crimes in North Carolina, according to state Department of Correction records.