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ONLY ON 3: Shooting suspect says victim molested him

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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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who dropped?

how many people were killed at va tech? how many at uncw?

who dropped?


love you cuz

Hang in there Reg! Your family has your back! I love you cuz!!

OMG! "Cuz" has obviously spread widely

Proof positive that it's not racial, simply socio-economic.


i love you bro everythings gonna come out and this was a good start at it keep your head up high he'll get what he got coming to him. Maybe next time he'll think twice before touching a little boy


Little boy? He is 18 and has a gun. Yeah he's a innocent little boy (((sarcasm))).

Throw the molestation defense on the table.

He's an 18 year old that

He's an 18 year old that took the other guys gun an shot him with it because he was bein sexually assaulted. This boy went to 8 people all week begging for help including one waitress from the restraunt an everyone stuck there nose up at him!


He's an 18 year old GROWN MAN. He went to 8 different people when he should have gone to the Police...or even moved back home with Mama, if things were that bad. If he was "begging for help", why did he go out drinking and drugging with this guy?

YES Throw it on the table

YES Throw it on the table like it was at court and david had NOTHING to say so yes please lets put it on the table and get the wrong one out of jail because thats where david needs to be and WILL be when the truth comes out