Paratrooper Shot Outside His Apartment Just Off Fort Bragg

paratrooper Sgt. Nicholas Bobo

Sgt. Nicholas Bobo, an automated logistics specialist in the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, died Sept. 12, 2022, outside of his apartment in Fayetteville, North Carolina. US Army photo. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.

US Army photo. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.

A 22-year-old Army paratrooper stationed at Fort Bragg was gunned down outside of his Fayetteville, North Carolina, apartment on Sept. 12 around 11 p.m.

Sgt. Nicholas Bobo was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds outside of his apartment complex about 6 miles from the base’s main gate, according to a press release from the 82nd Airborne Division. Bobo was originally from Cordova, Tennessee, and joined the Army in 2018.

Gabriel Gage, a neighbor from the apartment complex, told Raleigh news station CBS 17 that his friend witnessed the shooting and administered aid to Bobo. But the paratrooper died from gunshots at the scene, the press release said.

After the shooting, Bobo’s vehicle was stolen from the apartment complex, the Enclave at Pamalee Square, which is about a 12-minute drive from Fort Bragg, the Fayetteville Observer reported.

407th Brigade Support Battalion Jump

In a 2014 photo, paratroopers from Sgt. Nicholas Bobo’s unit, the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare to jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull.

US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull.

The incident is currently under investigation by Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Fayetteville Police Department. Fayetteville police did not believe the shooting was random, according to CBS 17.

Bobo was an automated logistical specialist assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne officials said. Automated logistical specialists track supplies in Army warehouses, maintaining equipment records, parts, and inventories.

Bobo’s decorations and awards included the Army Parachutist Badge, or jump wings, for completing basic Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, along with the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He also earned the Driver Mechanic Badge for wheeled vehicles and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert for carbine.

Bobo joined the Army in 2018 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in 2019. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.

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Jenna Biter has written for regional magazines and digital outlets including on great power competition and special operations medical teams for The National Interest. She is pursuing a master’s degree in national security and is working on speaking Russian. Her husband is on active duty in the US military. Know a good story about national security or the US military? Email Jenna.
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