FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- A man was shot in the parking lot of a busy Fayetteville restaurant on Tuesday evening.
It happened outside Smokey Bones restaurant at 1891 Skibo Road, only about 1,000 feet from Cross Creek Mall.
When officers arrived, a handgun was lying on the ground next to 21-year-old Algeria Khalyid McNair's car. The man who shot him had fled.
McNair was taken to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with life-threatening injuries to his face, neck, and knee.
The initial investigation indicates that the shooting does not appear to be a random incident, police said.
Detectives with the FPD's Aggravated Assault Unit are actively investigating the shooting and are requesting anyone with information, to contact them.
It all happened at 7:12 p.m., officials said. Eyewitnesses reported hearing five or six gunshots in the parking lot. The barbecue-themed restaurant was crowded with diners at the time. The patrons were told by police to stay inside the restaurant while officers cleared the scene.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting investigation is asked to contact Detective G. Watson with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 303-9554 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).