Father, daughter shot in Fayetteville

Bragg Boulevard

March 24, 2011 8:44:33 AM PDT
Fayetteville police are investigating a double shooting that began as a car wreck in the 3300 block of Bragg Boulevard.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

According to a Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson, 32-year-old Darrick Danta Kelly was driving on Bragg Boulevard with two children in a white Saturn when they were rear-ended by a Cadillac near the intersection of William Clark Road.

Kelly says he had just dropped off his girlfriend at a business on Bragg Blvd. when the ordeal began.

"I was going up Bragg Blvd. and I had switched to the left lane," he recalled. "Ok, so something I was looking in the rearview window and he was coming at me. He was flying, coming at me. He just, he hit me."

Kelly says the driver of the Cadillac, 21-year-old Eric Samuel Jones Jr. of Cattail Circle in Fayetteville, got out of his vehicle and began running away from the scene.

That's when Kelly started getting his 4- and 7-year-old children out of the car.

"So, I was calling for help," Kelly said. "So, when I was getting my girls out, he came back and said you need help? You need help? And that's when he shot me in my jaw. Shot me in my side. That's when I grabbed my kids and I ran into Popeyes."

Kelly and his 7-year-old daughter were shot with a .22 caliber revolver. Eyewitnesses inside the fast food restaurant say the pair was drenched in blood and someone inside Popeyes called 911.

The father and daughter each were shot multiple times. Kelly three times and his daughter four times. The 4-year-old girl in the car was not injured.

"[He] shot me right here in my jaw, my hand," he said. "My hand is broke. My daughter, she got two shots in the back, her foot and the lower part of her back."

911 calls flooded in to police dispatchers right after the shooting.

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Kelly and his daughter were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threating wounds.

Kelly says he didn't know the reason for the attack. He was treated and released from the hospital and his daughter is expected to recover from her wounds.

Jones Jr. has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflict serious injury. Authorities say additional charges are pending. Police have not given a motive for the shooting. He is currently at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

Jones Jr. is a convicted felon. In 2007, he was found guilty of two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of larceny. He was sentenced to four to five months and was released after serving his sentence.

"He was a convicted felon ... he shouldn't have had a gun," Fayetteville Police Spokesperson Gavin MacRoberts said.

On Thursday, police brought additional charges against Jones Jr. He has been charged with two additional counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one count of assault With deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The magistrate has added an additional $450,000 bond. Jones's total bond is now $550,000. Fayetteville Police are working with Federal Authorities in connection with future federal charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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