Fort Liberty – A recent shooting incident in North Carolina, just north of the renowned Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg), has caught the attention of authorities and sparked an investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and local police. The incident occurred on May 3rd at 8:15 p.m. in Carthage, North Carolina, following a distress call regarding a suspicious trespasser near the property of a Special Forces soldier.

*It’s worth noting that I could only find town news videos on YouTube regarding this shooting, both within two days of the shooting and under 25 seconds, then nothing since

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Unidentified Intruders and Confrontation

According to reports, two individuals identified as Chechen men were discovered near the soldier’s residence. The family alleges that one of the suspects, 35-year-old Ramzan Daraev from Chicago, was taking unauthorized photographs of their children. As the family confronted the intruders in a wooded area of the property near a power line, a violent altercation ensued, resulting in Daraev being shot multiple times at close range. Another man, identified as Dzhankutov Adsalan, was found in a vehicle at a distance from the incident and was subsequently questioned and released. The investigation is being led by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Involvement of Law Enforcement Agencies

The FBI, in coordination with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, has become involved in the investigation. A special agent provided linguistic support to overcome the language barrier during interviews with the individuals involved. Sheriff Ronnie Fields released a statement mentioning that the initial call reported an individual taking photographs on the property who later became aggressive towards a resident. Daraev’s body was found approximately 250 yards from the roadway, near the power line.

Identity of the Shooter and Mysterious Circumstances

The shooter has been identified as a Colonel with the U.S. Army who resides at the location of the incident. The incident has raised concerns among the Special Operations community, with reports of unusual interactions involving suspicious surveillance. Many believe that U.S. military bases, including Fort Liberty, have become increasingly targeted by foreign probes.

Based on the available information, the shooting incident two weeks ago in Carthage could potentially be a case of mistaken identity. The Chechen individuals lacked personal identification, but they were found in possession of two cell phones with Russian language contacts and camera equipment. Notably, the suspects were not wearing any uniforms related to the power company they were reportedly employed by.

Investigation and Previous Incidents

Sheriff Fields disclosed that Daraev was allegedly working as a subcontractor for Utilities One, a New Jersey-based company. Authorities are still in the process of verifying his official employment and immigration status. Interestingly, at the time of the incident, Daraev was found without any utility equipment, clothing, or identification. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been informed of the incident.

A separate incident that occurred 18 months ago involved a mysterious shooting attack targeting two electrical distribution substations in Moore County. The attack caused a power outage that affected approximately 40,000 residential and business customers, primarily impacting areas with a high concentration of U.S. Special Operations families. Less than two weeks prior, the FBI issued a warning about increased threats to electric infrastructure from individuals espousing racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist ideologies. The earlier incident remains unresolved, and the FBI assumed control of the investigation.

Family’s Petition and Ongoing Questions

Following the tragedy, Daraev’s family launched a petition on titled “Justice for Ramzan Daraev.” The petition has already gathered over 11,000 signatures, with a heartfelt plea denoting that Ramzan believed a free country like the United States would offer him protection.

While this May 3 shooting in Carthage may potentially be attributed to mistaken identity, members of the Special Operations community are questioning why two Russian-speaking Chechens were taking photographs near an elite Army special forces residence at 8:15 p.m. on a Friday night, just minutes after sunset. Additionally, concerns have been raised regarding the role of the FBI in the investigation.

In response to these concerns, the FBI stated that they have not opened a counterintelligence investigation and that the local investigation has not revealed evidence of a federal crime. However, the FBI remains in close contact with the sheriff’s office investigators and is prepared to intervene if a federal matter arises from the ongoing investigation.

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