Police: Three people shot in Fayetteville

August 25, 2010 9:25:49 PM PDT
Authorities in Fayetteville are investigating an apparent shooting involving three people Wednesday afternoon.The apparent shooting happened in the area of Edgar and Amy streets, just off of Jasper Street near Murchison Road around 4:45 p.m.

Police say the three victims sustained non-life threatening wounds and drove to the Hardees restaurant on Country Club Drive before calling police.

The victims were transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. At this time, the names and ages of the victims are unknown.

Around 5 p.m., police closed Skibo Road at Morganton Road because they said they possibly located the suspects. However after questioning them, authorities said they were not the suspects and reopened the road.

Witnesses reported to police that the incident was a drive-by shooting and based on information given to officers, police are currently canvassing the area and searching for the suspects.

Police say they believe the victims and the suspects may know each other and the incident remains under investigation.

The shooting is the third separate shooting incident near Fayetteville State University this week.

The drive-by shooting on Wednesday was less than a mile from the FSU campus. However, police say the three people wounded were not students.

In another incident a few blocks from the university, police charged 21-year-old Jamaal Johnson with robbery and weapons charges after a shootout with police late Monday night.

On Sunday, a shooting at an apartment complex just across the street from the campus wounded a student.

Some students say they would like to see more campus security.

"I think that Fay State Police should block some of the entrances, and have one way in and one way out so they can patrol, kind of see what's going on out here," FSU student Tiane Ellis said.

Fayetteville State senior Dwayne Patrick says this is the first time he's seen a school year start off this violent so close to campus.

"Does give you a heightened awareness that you have to be cautions times of night times of day, where you are who you are with depending on the crowd of people you choose to be with," Patrick said.

Both Fayetteville police and FSU officials say the recent shooting incidents have nothing to do with Fayetteville State, but they hope the incidents are a lesson in safety for students.

As a precaution FSU's chancellor says he is beefing up campus security, especially on weekends.

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