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N.C. police ID suspect in 4 shootings

Lakim Anthony Faust, 23, faces four counts.

Lakim Anthony Faust, 23, faces four counts.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — A man who investigators think shot four people near a Greenville Walmart appears to have planned the shooting but picked out his victims at random, Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said Sunday.

Aden identified the suspect as Lakim Anthony Faust and said the 23-year-old Greenville man will be charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder when he recovers from gunshot wounds he suffered as police took him into custody Friday.

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Investigators haven’t found any links between Faust and the four victims, Aden said at a news conference. But evidence gathered during a search of Faust’s home appears to show he had some plan for the attack and wanted to shoot a number of people, the chief said.

‘‘Some of the way, the manor with which he carried it out, sort of indicates that he had some idea to what he wanted to do. But we don’t know that for certain,’’ Aden said.

Police said Faust used a pistol-gripped shotgun to shoot a man in a car outside a law firm, crossed five lanes of traffic and shot three more people outside a Walmart in the city of about 87,000 people around 85 miles east of Raleigh.

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