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Raleigh shooting victim dies of injuries; 16-year-old suspect charged with murder

Posted July 4
Updated July 6

— The 18-year-old man, who suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday night during a shooting near a Raleigh McDonald's, died Wednesday from his injuries.

Police have charged Kenneth Edward Watts, 16, with with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon. He has been transported to the Wake County Detention Center.

Kenneth Edward Watts

Shooting victim Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister was taken to WakeMed after the incident into be treated for his life-threatening injuries.

"I was at work and everybody's texting me 'Raheem got shot, Raheem got shot' and then I rushed to the hospital," said McAllister's friend Anajah Caldwell. "Everybody knew him, that's why everybody's like 'it's crazy.' I loved the boy."

Police remain at Raleigh McDonald's after reported shooting

The three others, who were not identified, were treated and released.

Police said the incident happened at about 10:45 p.m. on the outer perimeter of the fireworks show, but it's unclear if the people involved attended the show. Security at the event was a mix of on- and off-duty police officers.

"We can't have nothing, you know what I'm saying. Fireworks, nothing positive for the kids because somebody's always acting crazy,"a byastander said.

Witnesses said a confrontation between a group of teenagers in the McDonald's parking lot turned tense and then got violent.

"I didn't see anybody's parents with them kids- 16, 15- running around I was like 'yeah, something's going to happen,'" she said.

People in the area at the time of the shooting said it was difficult to discern the gunshots, which some mistook for fireworks.

"My heart starts beating. I didn't feel safe so me and my daughter went back home and, next thing you know, I just started seeing fire trucks and everything going everywhere and I was just like 'oh my God, Fourth of July, are you serious," said Dominic Harris.

911 calls placed in the moments after the shooting revealed panic and chaos among a crowd of people surrounding the victims. Police still do not know who pulled the trigger or why.

Authorities blocked off S. Wilmington, Lenior, Blount, E. South and Fayetteville streets Tuesday night after the shooting. There was a heavy police presence at the restaurant through the night, and investigators remained on scene Wednesday morning.

The fireworks had ended about a half hour before the incident was reported.


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  • Freda Kerr Jul 6, 3:13 p.m.
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    What exactly are you saying?! So, all black folks are violent and all white folks are decent, law abiding Rhodes Scholars, is that it?!

  • Cynthia Wilson Jul 6, 12:05 p.m.
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    the only music kids can truly be innocent with is country music says James Dodson. What Jim Jones juice are you drinking? This statement is humorous to the tenth.

  • Michael Thompson Jul 6, 11:57 a.m.
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    Gone at 18. Gone at 16. Prayers of peace to their families and friends. It's tragic and heartbreaking when kids don't care. I'm sure both of those kids had some great qualities and were loved by people. I'm sure they were both funny and loved to laugh and hug someone in their family. There are so many little things to be thankful for. It's like young people are attempting suicide by shooting at each other. There is treatable mental illness at the root of all this. Ugh..sorry, just talking out loud. I pray for the strength and wisdom to be able to help one of these kids. Sooner rather than later.

  • Rudy Bizzell Jul 6, 11:27 a.m.
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    Those who would give up Essential Liberty
    to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
    deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

  • NC Tom Jul 6, 9:23 a.m.
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    Scott, scouring ghettos doesn't get you any attention or get you paid. It might get results, but that is not what knobs like barber are looking for.

  • Scott Spaine Jul 6, 5:49 a.m.
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    What NO black lives matter protests!!?? BARBER where are you? The NAACP has become a joke. Why isn't this organization scouring the ghettos to promote the values of living in a civilized society and becoming productive people. Their is something really wrong when a 16 year old has a weapon.

  • Norman Lewis Jul 6, 12:41 a.m.
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    This is most likely another idiotic gang activity and someone trying to earn a place there. This 16 yo who will likely be portrayed in the media during trial as a small child in photographs, has I'll bet, a long history of petty charges, maybe some serious ones. Some misguided Social Worker, "advocate" or other completely off track do-gooder , has likely petitioned the court multiple times to not punish his activities and now, he has crossed a line he cannot return from. Will bet he and his "friends" are all criminals and should have still been locked up on earlier charges before this incident. This is not the 50's. The criminals of today are not those of our childhood. Punish hard and punish early for misbehavior. Second chances DO NOT WORK usually. They only endanger the public and embolden the criminal. This murder is probably going to be something he will brag about in jail to get a twisted sort of status.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jul 5, 10:01 p.m.
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    Sad. Lord be with him.

  • Hessian Diesel Jul 5, 4:39 p.m.
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    Some cultures like to fire weapons in celebration. There's a legitimate term for it - 'Celebratory gunfire.'

  • Montel Burnette Jul 5, 12:46 p.m.
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    And what does culture have to do with this?