FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A fight that began inside a Fayetteville gym quickly escalated to two duking it out with guns outside in a parking lot that sent one person to the hospital, police said.

Fayetteville police responded to the 1900 block of Skibo Road at approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to find one man hiding under a car with a rifle who had been shot in the hand. The same person also had fragmented metal injuries from the bullet and was taken to the hospital. 

Police said the fight started inside the gym and moved outside. Police said there were at least two shooters involved in the altercation, with multiple shots fired, with another having a handgun.

At least three cars in the Fitness Connection parking lot were hit with gunfire, officers said, who found at least nine shell casings at the scene.

Arnold Moles rushed over to the gym after he received a phone call from his son. Moles said his son is a trainer at the gym and was one of the car owners who had bullet holes on the side of his car.

Moles said he rushed over to the gym.

“It may take me a minute to get there because of traffic lights, but I’ll get there as fast as I can- which I did!”

Moles said he and his son recently moved to Fayetteville and are still learning the area. He said situations like this have made him a little more cautious.



Even after what happened, Moles said the incident wouldn’t deter him from going back to the gym. However, he said that he hopes staff at the gym will look at extra security.

“That’s just a disastrous thing that this had to happen like this. I just hope things change,” said Moles.

Police said upon initial investigation the two people with guns know each other, however, their identities have not yet been released publicly.