Raleigh shooting victim dies of injuries; 16-year-old suspect charged with murder
Posted July 4
Updated July 6
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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."
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.