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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The suspect in a shooting near the UNCW campus last month says he was actually a victim.

Reginald Gagnier says he doesn’t remember shooting David Carroll, but he says Carroll is the reason why he can’t remember and the reason the shooting happened at all.

“I was sleeping in the car on the way to work, and I woke up to him sexually assaulting me, rubbing on my crotch,” Gagnier said.

Gagnier, 18, worked for and lived in an apartment owned by Carroll. Now Gagnier is in the New Hanover County Jail charged with shooting the 42-year-old in the shoulder July 29 at the Seahawk Square Apartments near the UNCW campus.

Last week Gagnier’s family told us there were personal problems between the two men that led to the shooting. Wednesday Gagnier said it was the molestation and other issues.

“Honestly I don’t think I would have shot him if he didn’t feed me valiums Friday and brought me to the bar and had me drinking on top of it,” Gagnier said.

Wednesday Carroll was in New Hanover County Small Claims Court to evict Gagnier from his apartment. When we tried to talk to him about Gagnier’s claims, Carroll said he had no comment.

Gagnier says he only remembers bits and pieces about the afternoon of the shooting, but he believes he was backed into a corner.

“I remember him coming to the apartment after he dropped me off and told me he had to talk to me,” Gagnier said. “So I went down and sat in his car, and he accused me of stealing some money. After that I don’t remember nothing else. I remember waking up in the woods.”

Gagnier is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. His next court date is scheduled for August 18. Carroll told us he might share his side of the story after that hearing.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I served over twenty-two years in the Military and as a Veteran; I am offended that these types of offensives take place in our society. More offensive is the little action taken to remove these offenders from our neighborhoods/streets. What has me more concerned are the number of children that keep their mouths shut due to threats of violent actions towards them or their families? How many children each year are drugged and abused then taken advantage? How many of these events never are exposed to the public due to legal implications that protect the predator. Please look at the… Read more »

Guest concerned parent
2016 years 2 months ago

Did you know David was buying the kid gifts and promised him a motorcycle in addition to alcohol and pills. Sounds like a predator to me. If this was your daughter or son, wouldn’t you see him as a predator?
I have kids and I do. Let’s just hope that if there are more kids out there that David Carroll has done this too, they now will come forward and hold him accountable and prevent him from putting others and their families through such pain and hardship.

2016 years 2 months ago

Sounds like you have already tried and convicted David Carroll. What do we need a court for?

Das Weibstück
2016 years 2 months ago

I’m sure regular posters here have noticed the illiteracy of family/friends who pop in to post in defense of the accused. Its not race based obviously.

Socioeconomics was mentioned. I tend to disagree with that, there are a lot of poor people who turn out decent, law abiding children.

guest concerned parent
2016 years 2 months ago

Do you know how many kids are doped up, given alcohol, and then snatched to never be seen again?
There are over 10,000,000 children 18 and younger that go missing every year.
Over 5,000 to never be seen again.
Over 5,000 boys and girls are raped or taken advantage of every year, and these are just the ones that have reported it. How many more of our children go thru this and are afraid to take action or tell?

Did you know it was David’s gun; Reggie just managed to get it away from him to defend himself. What if Reggie would not… Read more »

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