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911 calls shed light on shots at Raleigh restaurant, nearby wreck

Posted September 2, 2013

Raleigh police think the report of shots fired at a downtown Cook-Out may be linked to a car crash nearby.

— Police on Monday identified the man found dead in a crash Sunday morning shortly after shots were fired outside an east Raleigh restaurant.

Travion Malikah Ragland, 18, was found shot to death in an overturned vehicle near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Poole Road at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

Several minutes earlier, police received a 911 call about shots fired at a Cook-Out restaurant less than 2 miles away, at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Tarboro Street.

The caller told a 911 dispatcher that four men in a silver PT Cruiser with a handicapped license plate fired shots in the air in the restaurant parking lot and might have even shot out the car's back window before speeding away.

"They had gotten into an altercation with some other males here, and they wanted to fight," the caller said. "They came back with a gun and hopped out of the car. We got them to get back into the car, and as they were leaving the parking lot, they let off shots."

No one was injured in the shooting, and no other vehicles in the parking lot were damaged, he said.

Someone who lives near the site of the wreck called 911 to report that people were running from the overturned vehicle.

"The boys are running in the woods, and they're leaving the car," the caller said. "I just didn't want the guys to get too far. They're in the woods, and where they're going from there, I don't know."

Police are investigating a possible link between the two incidents, but no arrests had been made as of Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org to report a tip by text or email.


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  • ncdime1235 Sep 4, 2013

    Welcome to the world we now live in. Most businesses have security at night, even on the north side. They did leave out the part about the security guard. That's how the guy in the PT Cruiser was shot.

  • Poupmouse Sep 3, 2013

    When I read the location of the Cookout I thought, 'Yep, that's about right'. I accidentally drove through that area and had to navigate through about 15- 16 teenagers wearing white tanktops and jean shorts walking directly at our moving car while leering at us. This was broad daylight, 3 pm on a Saturday.

    They need to clean up that part of town. It's horrible there. I can't imagine owning or visiting a business there, unsupervised criminal children with horrible parents own that area.

  • Billy the Kid Sep 3, 2013

    Can they keep anything peaceful?

  • Tray Cee Sep 3, 2013

    They must have changed the story...doesn't now say anything about a security guard returning fire.

  • jdo823 Sep 3, 2013

    Cook-Out rest. has armed security guard? Wow. What are they cooking?

  • Barfly Sep 3, 2013

    I'll never go to that Cook-Out again. The combo ain't worth dying for.

  • sc2005 Sep 3, 2013

    Some news outlets have said that when the car left the parking lot with people "firing shots in the air", the Cook-Out security guard returned fire. That might have something to do with the driver getting shot...