Arrest warrants issued in Gates Four shooting involving food deliveryman


After conferring with the District Attorney, deputies said they plan to charge 48-year-old Gerald Hilton Lord, of Cinnamon Creek Circle, Fayetteville, with assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, and assault by pointing a gun.

Lord remains in the hospital and will be arrested upon his release from Womack Army Medical Center.  

On Monday evening, investigators said Lord was in the Gates Four community to make a delivery for, a restaurant-style service. Lord pulled into a different driveway on the 6800 block of Towbridge Rd., to make a phone call.

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That's where 18-year-old Thomas Jacobs lives with a guardian. Authorities said the Jack Britt High School student asked Lord to get off the property. Lord, who is black, reported the white teen threw racial slurs out, and authorities said Lord took his time getting off the property.

Once Lord made his delivery, authorities said he turned around, parked his truck in front of the teen's house, and confronted him in the driveway with a gun. Lord reported the teen was armed with a baseball bat. The two got into a brawl, with the high school wrestler body-slamming the delivery man.

The gun went off and Lord was hit in the forearm. Investigators said either the bullet or the hot barrel of the handgun touched Jacob's neck, and both men were taken to the hospital.

Deputies also said Lord recently returned from the Middle East where he had been working as a contractor.   Before that, he had at one time been employed as a detention officer at the Cumberland County Detention Center between March and August, 2013.  

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