More than 20 bullets pierced Cumberland County home in Wednesday morning shooting

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Recent gun violence in Fayetteville advocates
Recent gun violence in Fayetteville advocates

A 47-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when his house was shot up Wednesday morning.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office responded to calls about a shooting on Sanderosa Road Wednesday at around 5:30 a.m.

When they arrived, deputies found Tony Blackledge seriously injured. First responders rushed him to the hospital.

Outside deputies found around 70 shell casings. They determined Blackledge's home had been hit by at least 20 bullets.

Blackledge's family members tell ABC11 he was sleeping inside when the shooting happened.

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This comes after six bikers were shot in a brawl; three of them died.

Advocates against gun violence are urging people to get involved to help stop these senseless acts.

"Talk with your local officials, your city and county officials ask them, 'What are you doing to solve this crisis?' Because it really is a crisis. A public health crisis," said Becky Ceartas, Executive Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. The group formed nearly 30 years ago after a jogger in Chapel Hill was shot and killed.

FPD said there have been 11 shooting incidents with 13 victims so far in 2022. Last year, from January to April 30 they investigated 14 incidents involving 15 victims.

Advocates are pushing cities to hire violence interrupters, people with ties to their community who can serve as mediators to conflict.

Lieutenant Shawn Strepay said the police department supports that effort and city leaders are exploring how to best execute that plan.

"The Fayetteville Police Department is open to any idea that is going to reduce any kind of violence in our community," Strepay said.

On April 24, North Carolinians will hold a gun violence vigil in Fayetteville and in Raleigh.

If you have information regarding this investigation, please call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 677-5450 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).