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20-year-old man fatally shot while on front porch in High Point

Posted August 3

— Police are investigating after a 20-year-old man was shot and killed while on his front porch in High Point early Wednesday morning.

At about 1:10 a.m., police went to a home in the 1200 block of Filbert Place in reference to shots fired. Arriving officers found Raekwon Smith suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the chest.

"I'm afraid to walk out on my porch. Even in daylight," said Nancy Gasaway, who lives across the street from where the shooting happened.

"It was like seven or eight gunshots that were fired. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Like firecrackers, but it wasn't it was gunshots," she said.

Officers rendered aid to Smith until EMS arrived and took him to Moses Cone Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Wednesday's shooting happened just a few blocks away from where two other shootings happened last week. First on Winslow Street and then on Wesley Drive.

"But obviously when we have especially a specific neighborhood affected on numerous occasions by senseless acts of violence. That's the biggest concern to us," said Lt. Curtis Cheeks, with the High Point Police Department.

Witnesses told police that Smith was sitting on the porch when a black sedan stopped near the home and opened fire at him. After the shooting, the car drove toward Woodbury Street.

"There were some young guys sitting out on the porch and the passenger got out and started shooting and then they took off," Gasaway said.

Officers are continuing to follow up on leads, however, no word on a possible motive.

"The perception is, there's 112,000 people in High Point involved in this type of activity and that's not actually the case," Cheeks explained.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (336) 889-4000.


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