WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One gun. One shot. One arrest. But two different stories.
Friday afternoon’s shooting near the UNCW campus left 42-year-old David Carroll with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, but it’s what led up to the shooting that is in question.
The shooting at Seahawk Square resulted in 18-year-old Reginald “Reggie” Gagnier being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Monday both the victim and the family of the shooter came out and spoke about events leading up to the incident.
“He just kept crying saying he didn’t know what to do and everything, because if he came out he would have lost his job, his house and basically would have lost everything,” Gagnier’s brother Joshua said.
Relatives say Gagnier was in a bad spot this time last week. They say Carroll was both Gagnier’s boss and landlord.
Joshua Gagnier saw the shooting he says stems from ongoing problems between his brother and Carroll.
“So reggie uncocked it, and when Reggie uncocked it, that’s when David jumped out of the car,” Joshua said. “He was like, ‘What? Are you going to f-ing shoot me right here in the parking lot? Come on and shoot me.’ Reggie was like, ‘No, David. I don’t want to shoot you.’ David started approaching Reggie, and that’s when Reggie cocked the gun, and David kept walking toward him. I guess Reggie felt intimidated, because David is a big dude, 300 pounds, something like that. And Reggie shot him in the shoulder.”
Then Gagnier took off. Police looked for him in the woods around UNCW. They found Gagnier and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury as well as having a weapon on school property.
He made his his first court appearance Monday, where a judge set his bond at $100,000.
Gagnier’s mother Priscilla says this is not something she expected from her son.
“Reggie’s not like this,” Priscilla said. “Reggie is very easygoing. He’s a good kid.”
Carroll declined to speak on camera. He told us by phone that Gagnier had stolen money from him, and when he went to get it back Gagnier shot him.
Police would not confirm or deny if they are looking into prior events between Gagnier and Carroll.
Gagnier is due back in court August 18.