Principal ambushed in shooting

LUMBERTON Police say Fairmont Middle School principal James Hunt was shot in the face while he was driving to school Thursday morning.

Al Kahn of the Robeson County Public School System told Eyewitness News Hunt was at a stop sign around 7:30 a.m. when a car pulled next to him. The suspect then pulled out a shotgun and fired into Hunt's vehicle. Deputies say the windows on the passenger and the driver's side of the vehicle were shot out.

"We have no idea why it happened," Kahn said.

Eyewitness News learned Principal Hunt received 17 pellets to the face, but the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"From what I understand, James was shot by someone from another vehicle on Iona Church Road near U.S. 301," said Johnny Hunt, Robeson County school superintendent. "James must have had to drive at least 10 miles to get to the hospital. I don't know how he did it."

According to the Superintendent, Principal Hunt was alert after driving himself to a hospital in Lumberton, but could not speak due to his injury.

Maj. Howard Branch of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office said investigators were having difficulty getting information. "We've tried to talk to him, but he's in no shape to speak," he said.

Principal Hunt was air lifted to Duke University Hospital Thursday morning. There is no additional information at this time regarding his condition.

Duke spokeswoman Lauren Shaftel Williams said the hospital doesn't give out information on patients with gunshot wounds.

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