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Fayetteville police looking to ID 2 people after deadly motel shooting

The Wednesday morning shooting left a Hope Mills man dead and another injured


Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are asking the public for help in identifying two people they say might have information about a Wednesday morning shooting in a motel parking lot that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

The two people were seen near the motel just before the shooting, police said in a release.

“Detectives have reason to believe they have pertinent information regarding the investigation and would like to speak with them,’’ the Police Department said.

The Police Department released surveillance photos showing two people wearing what appears to be hooded sweatshirts. 

The shooting was reported at 3:15 a.m. at the Travelodge at 2076 Cedar Creek Road. Police said officers found 19-year-old Markus Richard Samples and 21-year-old Jayquan Deshawn Blandshaw, both of Hope Mills, in the parking lot.

Samples was pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a release Thursday.

Blandshaw is recovering from his injuries. He is expected to survive, police said in the release. 

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation.

Anyone who has information about this investigation or about the two people in the surveillance photos is asked to contact Detective M. Waters at 910-635-4978 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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