When a group of black men were planning a home-invasion robbery in Fayetteville, N.C., on Friday, they stuck to an M.O. that had succeeded all over the country, but made one fatal error: They chose the wrong home.
The residents of the targeted house were home at the time and armed. After what local authorities report as a “gun battle,” two of alleged robbers died.
Most home invasion robberies follow the same script: Find a residence in a nice neighborhood where people do not live too close together. Statistics show potential victims are likely white or Asian, though professional athletes of all races are common targets, too. In this case, police are not identifying the identity of the home owner.
In an increasingly common crime around the country, especially in rural areas near cities, the perpetrators rush in, maybe beat up the occupants, take what they came for and get out. Maybe kill someone. Maybe not.
But this is the most important part of the plan: The potential victims need to be defenseless.
And that is where Xavier White, Dominik Lavon Council, Lamyer Gorminie Campbell and Derek Rashaun Hair went wrong: They chose the wrong house.
Police are not releasing the name of the homeowner who shot and killed two of these men as they broke into his home 3:37 a.m. Friday.
Xavier White reportedly died after crawling to a neighbor’s house a block a way and begging for help. Dominik Lavon Council was reportedly found nine miles away, abandoned on the road with a fatal gunshot wound.
The other two suspects, who initially escaped, were taken into custody Sunday and charged with burglary and assorted offenses. This is not their first brush with the law.
The homeowner was also wounded and has gone into hiding, say local media reports. He is not expected to be charged because North Carolina is considered a strong “castle law” state – where a homeowner is allowed to use deadly force against anyone breaking into his home or even car. He is not required to retreat.
The Fayetteville area was made popular in the movie “Cape Fear,” where a convicted felon terrorized his former lawyer and family for doing a poor job at his trial. One of the perpetrators died at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
The incident reflects another example of black mob violence, a pattern documented in the book:
“White Girl Bleed a Lot, the return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Local media were hesitant to discuss the wider racial and 2nd Amendment issues the attempted robbery presents. The daily paper reported it dutifully, but did not allow comments – as many local media outlets do not when the crime is racially charged.
But at local TV news websites, dozens of comments touted the incident as a win for the Second Amendment in the face of increasing racially-charged crime.
A web visitor identified as Al, for example, told the ABC affiliate, “Four guys break into a house, and two are dead – not bad. Dunno how many shots were fired, but evidently is was more than Biden’s ‘two shots in the air.’ Yet these bozos will tell you, ‘you don’t need more than a 10-round magazine.’ Guess they never heard of flash mobs either. Oh wait, CBS calls them ‘mischievous youths.’”
Over at the local Fox News affiliate, David Hedgecock chimed in: “Perfect example of why we need to preserve and protect our right to bear arms. I hate to think what would have happened if the government had confiscated their gun or guns in this case. It would likely be the homeowner that has assumed room temperature. Right on for the 2nd Amendment.”
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