Fayetteville man's death remains unsolved 9 months later after midday Halloween slaying

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More than nine months after a Fayetteville man was shot to death on the afternoon of Halloween his killing remains unsolved.

James Malique Rudy Gross, 25, died after someone shot him outside of his Foxhunt Lane home, Fayetteville police said. The killer fled before police arrived. Investigators believe the shooting is not random.

"Nobody's been arrested yet," Officer Jeremy Strickland said Thursday. "It's still an active investigation."

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According to the autopsy report released last week, Gross had just backed his car into the driveway when he was shot once in the chest. He made his way into his home and collapsed by his front door, the report said.

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Police lights.

The autopsy report suggests more than one weapon was fired.

"During the exchange of gunfire, the decedent was struck and went into the home to get help from his family," the report said. The Fayetteville Police Department declined to provide further details.

Bullets also struck at least five vehicles, and shell casings were found in a neighbor's yard two houses down, the report said. At least 20 shell casings littered Gross'  driveway.

Nine calls were made to 911 in the wake of the shooting, including two calls from Gross' parents as they attempted to help their mortally wounded son. Another call from a neighbor identified a burgundy station wagon as potentially being involved in the shooting.

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Some callers reported hearing dozens of gunshots.

"I can hear someone yelling for help," one man from a neighboring street said. "I'm worried to go over there myself because I don't know who still might be over there."

Gross' killing was one of 18 open homicide investigations in 2021 in which no arrest has been made. There were 45 total homicide investigations last year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective J. Nevitt at 910-703-3499 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted electronically by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org or by downloading the free "P3 Tips" app available on your mobile device's app store.

Public safety reporter Lexi Solomon can be reached at ABSolomon@gannett.com.

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This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Fayetteville man's Halloween killing remains unsolved 9 months later