Father of bride gets drunk, shoots at wedding reception guests, NC deputies say

Richard Adam Strictland
Richard Adam Strictland

A North Carolina man is facing a series of gun-related charges after he reportedly opened fire on guests at his daughter’s wedding reception, media outlets in Eastern North Carolina reported.

It happened last week in Laurel Hill, 100 miles southeast of Charlotte. No one was injured by the gunfire, officials said.

Richard Adam Strictland, 42, of Marston was arrested Oct. 14 on charges including going armed to the terror of the public and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The incident took place at an evening wedding reception at Camp Monroe, a retreat center in Laurel Hill. Strictland became intoxicated, began arguing with guests and fired his gun in their direction, Capt. Earl Haywood of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office told the Laurinburg Exchange. Strictland also spat on a deputy called to the scene, it was reported.

Strictland was placed in the Scotland County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond, the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post. Other charges filed against him included one count of felony discharging a firearm into an occupied premises, two counts of misdemeanor carrying concealed, one count of simple possession of a Schedule 5 drug, one misdemeanor count of maintaining a dwelling for use, and one count of being intoxicated and disruptive.

News of the incident elicited more than a few marriage jokes on social media.

“If I were the groom, I’d be very careful about how I interacted with daddy-in-law moving forward,” posted one reader on social media. “Could give new meaning to ‘Til death do us part’.”