Investigators hope to talk to wounded principal

April 14, 2009 5:47:55 AM PDT
Sheriff's investigators say they hope a middle school principal who was wounded in a shooting last week will be able to talk to them this week. Fairmont Middle School principal, 26-year-old James Hunt, had surgery last week for injuries to his face.

"We were not able to talk to him after his surgery," Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said. "He was heavily medicated and we couldn't talk to him. If the doctor gives us the clearance to talk to him, we will do it this week."

Sealey said the investigation is his department's priority. The State Bureau of Investigation also is working on the case. Sealey said detectives spent Monday following leads that were reported to the department.

The Principal, who is also a former Marine, was shot last Thursday about 7:30 a.m. as he drove on a rural road to work at Fairmont Middle School in the largely rural county in southeastern North Carolina. Hunt was able to turn around and drive himself about 15 miles to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. He was flown to Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

Authorities are looking for a medium-tan, early 2000 model extended cab pickup truck, which may have been involved in the shooting. They said the truck may be a Nissan, Mazda or a Toyota.

Hunt has been the principal at Fairmont since July 1, 2008. Before that, he was a teacher at Lumberton Junior High School.


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