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Four handguns seized from site of poker game shooting

Posted August 1, 2011

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— Police seized four handguns as well as playing cards and poker chips from a north Raleigh home where two men were shot last week while reportedly trying to rob a high-stake poker game.

Officers responding to a reported robbery at 4809 Sweetbriar Drive, off East Millbrook Road, on July 25 found Brandon Dwain Shelton, 28, dead and Brian Matthew Onley, 23, with a gunshot wound to the arm.

Witnesses told investigators that two men burst into the home wearing masks and carrying guns in an attempt to rob several poker players. A struggle ensued, and the two intruders were shot, police said.

During a search of the house and a 1998 Honda Accord parked outside, investigators seized a Glock .40-caliber handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver, a Hi Point .45-caliber handgun and a Rossi .38 Special revolver, according to a search warrant released Monday.

Police also seized four poker tables, "multiple" decks of cards and poker chips, eight projectiles, two bullet fragments, nine shell casings, 18 rounds of ammunition and a .45-caliber magazine, according to the search warrant.

Neighbors said the homeowner, Gregg Maluchnik, frequently hosted poker games and that Monday night's game was advertised as high-stakes.

Maluchnik, who played baseball at Duke University and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1998, was charged with a misdemeanor gambling offense.

According to the application for the search warrant, the person who shot the intruders put his gun inside the Honda after the shooting and waited there for police.

Police haven't identified the shooter and haven't decided whether to file charges.

Onley, of 4500 Boxwood Road, was charged with 11 counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1.15 million bond.

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  • chfdcpt Aug 2, 2011

    If they had told the cops that the winner of the game was going to pay the gambling taxes to DC and Raleigh, it may have had a different outcome.

    Like moonshine, you don't get charged with making it as much as with manufacturing and selling "untaxed" spirits.

  • G-man Aug 2, 2011

    What law gives them the right to confiscate the firearms?

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 2, 2011

    Time to get our concealed carry folks and Sheriffs permit to buy.

  • hpr641 Aug 2, 2011

    "eight projectiles" ... what - torpedoes, tank shells, ICBM's, arrows, bolts, boomerangs, throwing stars, darts ... ?

  • tsquaring Aug 1, 2011

    davisgw = "How could they check to see if the guns were legaly registered? There is no registration system. They can check to see if they were legaly purchased or if the person who had it in his/her possion was legaly allowed to posses a handgun. Most non gun owners think there is a registration system but the only one in NC is in Durham and it is in violation of federal law."

    That is correct.

  • mrbigt032j Aug 1, 2011

    SMITH & WESSON HAS A NEW GUN IT;S CALLED CONGRESS IT WON'T WORK AND YOU CAN'T FIRE IT

  • davisgw Aug 1, 2011

    How could they check to see if the guns were legaly registered? There is no registration system. They can check to see if they were legaly purchased or if the person who had it in his/her possion was legaly allowed to posses a handgun. Most non gun owners think there is a registration system but the only one in NC is in Durham and it is in violation of federsl law.

  • WooHoo2You Aug 1, 2011

    The police are just doing their jobs. I just hope that some don't start trying to make the crimminals in this case the victim.-RebelYell55

    To me it seems like someone was trying to rob an already illegal setup being the story states the 'victims' "frequently hosted poker games and that Monday night's game was advertised as high-stakes."

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 1, 2011

    The police are just doing their jobs. I just hope that some don't start trying to make the crimminals in this case the victim. I'm sure they will get it all straighten out. I'm really hoping no one else get charged in this.

  • ckubissa Aug 1, 2011

    "Why would they seize guns that were not fired in the encounter?"

    Just hypothesizing, but I imagine they run ballistic tests to make sure all the bullets & guns from which they were fired are accounted for accurately. They can probably use the fact that it's a crime scene to see if the other guns are legally registered and/or match up with any other shootings that are part of open or unsolved cases.

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