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Man, 20, charged in fatal east Raleigh shooting

Posted August 6, 2013
Updated August 7, 2013

Alexander Leon Walton

— A 20-year-old man was charged early Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of his friend Tuesday evening at a home in east Raleigh.

Officers responding to 2110 Groundwater Place about 7 p.m. found Bryan Keith Gill Jr., 21, dead inside. Alexander Leon Walton, of 4704 Grand Cypress Court, was taken into custody by police at the home and later charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators said Gill and Walton were the only people inside the home at the time of the shooting, but they have not said what prompted it.

According to a 911 call, an unidentified caller told a dispatcher his best friend had been shot by accident and repeatedly asked for help.

Walton, who was in the Wake County jail under a $40,000 secured bond Wednesday afternoon, was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for allegedly having a .25 caliber handgun in his possession.

According to court records, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a June 2011 murder in which he and three other people were charged. He served 24 months of supervised probation until May, when his sentence was complete.

Tony Daniels, Gill's stepfather, said the family waited for hours overnight to learn about Gill's condition and believes it was an accident.

"(Walton) hung out at our house a lot. He was Bryan's best friend," he said. "It doesn't make it any easier though. Our son is gone."

Daniels, his wife and three children live at the home, he said, and Gill was often over.

A neighbor described the family as quiet and friendly.

"It breaks my heart," Ryan Curley said. "My wife and I lost a pregnancy, so we know the feeling of losing a child, and I never wish this on anybody. It's a crazy world we live in these days."


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  • mrschizzy Aug 7, 2013

    Oh...and this guy was a convicted felon. He wasn't legally supposed to have a gun anyway. So much for the rationale that making guns illegal will solve all of our problems with violence and death, eh?

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Aug 7, 2013

    See, I hate when these things happen because 1) it is sad when a person loses his life, and 2) because the liberals will use this as another reason to whine about gun control. Guns don't kill people; people kill people.

  • StarvingArtist Aug 7, 2013

    "you must be in your kids life weather they like it or not ~pat7"

    Best post I've read today, 'areyououtofyourmind':
    "That's a stormy proposition. You'd likely wind up raining on their parade."

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 7, 2013

    So a convicted felon obtains a gun that he is not supposed to have, he then "accidently" shoots his "best friend" and he only has a $40,000 bond.....that's only $4000.00 to be released. I doubt he goes away for life. He'll most likely serve another short sentence (IF THAT!) and then be back out with more opportunities to be careless and foolish and commit more illegal acts. Pathetic.

  • injameswetrust2003 Aug 7, 2013

    So potentially that's two murders. Having a gun for him was not smart.

  • shortcake53 Aug 7, 2013

    He wasnt supposed to possess a gun to begin with, since convicted of obstruction of justice. Guess he just didnt learn..........

  • CharmedLife Aug 7, 2013

    Ok, so this kid says it was "by accident". So, how exactly did this "accident" happen? How do you "accidently" shoot your friend??

    No matter what kinda gun laws and restrictions are placed, anyone (not just criminals) can/will have/get access to a gun. Where there's a will, there's a way.

  • ifcdirector Aug 7, 2013

    "Aren't there laws to prevent Mr.Walton from possessing a handgun in the first place?"

    Yes and someone who will murder another human being could care less about any laws regarding his or her choice of weapon.

  • nuts4u Aug 7, 2013

    If Mr Walton will do this to his FRIEND what would he do to someone he did not like?

  • ech Aug 7, 2013

    Aren't there laws to prevent Mr.Walton from possessing a handgun in the first place?

    August 7, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    that's just it. They don't follow laws so when Obama takes away your guns this is the kind of guy that will still have guns.