Fayetteville police are investigating a Christmas morning shooting that left one man dead.
Officers responded to the shooting at 6:39 a.m. Saturday near the 1200 block of Beebe Estate Circle, a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department stated.
“The preliminary investigation has revealed one adult male victim was found shot multiple times in front of an apartment building,” the news release stated. “He was pronounced deceased on scene.”
Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit identified the victim as Clarence Arthur Branch II, 32, of Fayetteville.
Police said in the news release that the shooting “does not appear to be a random incident.”
Yellow crime scene tape fluttered in the wind at 11:15 a.m. Saturday outside of the first building of the Hickory Ridge apartment complex, as officers, crime scene technicians and a Fayetteville Fire Department remained on the scene.
A couple of residents watched from their balcony across the street.
Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Homicide Unit continue to investigate, according to the news release.
Anyone with information regarding the homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective M. Waters at 910-635-4978 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).
Crimestoppers' information can also be submitted anonymously online, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.
Staff writer Rachael Riley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-486-3528.
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