Sunday, March 04, 2007

Chapel Hill Student Shooting Follow Up

Former student faces charges
By Jessica Rocha, Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL --A former UNC student is in Raleigh's Central Prison after police say he shot himself in the hand and then days later hit his girlfriend with his casted hand.

Robert Blair Hunter, 21, of 207 W. Cameron Ave., home of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, was arrested Feb. 22 at UNC Hospitals on assault, drug possession and firearms charges.

As of last week, Hunter remained in Central Prison in lieu of $12,500 bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

On Feb. 13, Hunter sought treatment at UNC Hospitals for a gunshot wound to his right hand, said a police spokeswoman, Jane Cousins. He originally told police he had been shot after wrestling a gun from two men demanding his wallet in downtown Chapel Hill, but he later said he shot himself.

Hunter is accused of hitting his girlfriend in the head with his keys, his fist and with his cast during an argument Feb. 19, Cousins said.

Then about 2 a.m. Thursday, Hunter was pulled over near the 300 block of West Rosemary Street. Police found a marijuana joint, a "smoking device" and 1.7 grams of cocaine, Cousins said.

Hunter was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting injury, discharging a firearm in town limits, marijuana possession, cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and making a false police report, according to an arrest report.

Hunter's next scheduled court date is Friday.