Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said Friday that he is "tired of gun violence" after three separate incidents Thursday night and early Friday morning.
Fayetteville residents were rocked Friday by news of three different shootings:
"I'm telling young people they need to put guns away," Medlock said Friday. "I'm tired of the gun violence by young people who don't know what they are doing."
Medlock insisted, too, that Fayetteville is safe despite the rash of violence.
"What I am telling our young people is they need to be at home in the middle of the night," Medlock said. "If you are home you are not going to get into trouble. You're not going to get hurt."
The violence started at Thursday at 9 p.m., when a man died after being shot in the parking lot at the Lake in the Pines apartment complex. Police said he was waiting for a ride when he was confronted by two unknown subjects in a white vehicle. One of the subjects in the white vehicle produced a handgun during the confrontation and shot the victim.
The victim was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Medlock said police believe the victim knew the person who shot him. Detectives are looking for a 2013 or similar white Chrysler 300 sedan with chrome rims and possibly lighting effects underneath.
Then at 2 a.m., two groups of people were in the parking lot at Mickey's Bar and Grill before the gunfire erupted. One gunshot victim tried to drive away, going the wrong way on Bragg Boulevard, and he died going west in the eastbound lane. A woman who was shot died a few hours later.
Two others suffered minor injuries.
Police are looking for a small white SUV in that incident.
Also at 2 a.m., police rushed to a home at 715 Rock Spring Road in the Montclair subdivision after a shooting. Medlock said the victim and the shooter had been together since 4 p.m. and police believe alcohol was involved. The victim was in critical condition at the hospital Friday. Medlock said police have a man in custody.