Man injured in shootout at store

By Annick Joseph - Staff writer

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is releasing little informaton regarding a recent gunfight at Graceland Food Market and Cafe.

Deputies responded at 8:19 a.m. on Wednesday to the report of a person having been shot in front of a store located at 3033 E. Fourth Ave., Sheriff’s Office Maj. Anthony Thompson said Friday. When deputies began to investigate the incident, multiple shell casings were found.

Deputies were told a person suffering a gunshot wound to the neck had arrived at Southeastern Regional Medical Center for treatment, Thompson said. Deputies learned at the hospital that Brian Keith Chavis was shot in the back, not the neck. Chavis was then taken to an undisclosed hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release more information Friday.

James McGirt, the owner of the shopping plaza, said three men were involved.

“There was one guy who came into the store. When he came out he was approached by two young men,” McGirt said. “Before you know it, one pulls out a gun and then another pulls his gun out, and they just start shooting at each other.”

“… I’ll just say a lot of shots were fired,” he said.

One of the two men who approached the man exiting the store was injured and taken away by car, McGirt said

“That is all I know,” McGirt said. “There is a big problem with our youth getting involved with gun violence and drugs. I am not saying that this situation involved drugs, but there is a big problem in Robeson County.”

The investigation continues. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Joshua Rozier at 910-647-5282.

By Annick Joseph

Staff writer

Reach Annick Joseph by calling 910-416-5165 or via email at [email protected] or Facebook Annick MultiMedia Journalist.

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