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Man, 26, killed in shooting after leaving Raleigh club

Posted June 1

— A 26-year-old man was killed early Sunday morning after leaving Club Bodi in Raleigh, police said.

Vernon Oneal Jones Jr. of Lillington was shot in the parking lot at the corner of West Hargett and South West streets, a block away from the club, shortly before 3:15 a.m. Jones was pronounced dead at WakeMed.

Brenna McDaniel, who lives near the club, was home watching a movie with her boyfriend when she heard the shots.

"I paused the movie and right when I did we heard five rounds go off," she said. "We kind of looked at each other and he said he pretty much thought whoever was shooting wanted the that person dead because so many rounds went off. It wasn't just a quick one."

Police believe Jones may have been among those fleeing the nightclub after a disturbance, but it's unclear if the shooting was related to the disturbance inside the club at 310 S. West St.

The shooting is the second one related to the club in less than a year. Two men were shot at the club in August.

Kelly McChesney, owner of Flanders Art Gallery, located next to Bodi, knows there are some challenges when it comes to operating a downtown business.

"We want people to come out and have a good time but there is really no need for gun violence," she said.

Bodi, in a message on its Twitter account Sunday evening, said the shooting was unrelated to the club.

"A shooting took place two city blocks north of the club in a public parking lot and to our knowledge were not patrons nor members of the club and is not related to our business in any way," the statement said.

While clubs will always be a part of downtown, violence should not be, McDaniel said.

"It's just a part of living downtown but I didn't expect people to die," she said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.
 

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  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 2, 12:32 p.m.

    Club dead body is appropriately named.

  • Earth Brooks Jun 2, 11:41 a.m.

    "Let me sum up the weekend news for you:

    shooting, shooting. shooting,
    shooting. shooting,
    shooting.

    Nope, no gun problem at all."

    Its all the librul media's fault. If you didn't hear about it , it wouldn't be a problem. Constitution.

  • Joe Schmoe Jun 2, 11:34 a.m.

    Let me sum up the weekend news for you:

    shooting, shooting. shooting,
    shooting. shooting,
    shooting.
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    — Posted by Super Hans

    Agreed. If it weren't for those evil guns these guys would all be playing monopoly or reading their bibles on Saturday nights, and then going to bed early.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 2, 11:28 a.m.

    Let me sum up the weekend news for you:

    shooting, shooting. shooting,
    shooting. shooting,
    shooting.
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    — Posted by Super Hans

    Last time I checked people actually had to discharge the firearm. It seems like more of a people problem to me.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 2, 11:28 a.m.

    Let me sum up the weekend news for you:

    shooting, shooting. shooting,
    shooting. shooting,
    shooting.
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    — Posted by Super Hans

    What we have is a revolving door justice system and until that ends people will get hurt no matter how repeat violent offenders do it.

  • TooMuchGovt Jun 2, 11:28 a.m.

    Not much good ever happens at 3am.

  • Super Hans Jun 2, 11:05 a.m.

    Let me sum up the weekend news for you:

    shooting, shooting. shooting,
    shooting. shooting,
    shooting.

    Nope, no gun problem at all.

  • The Truth Jun 2, 10:28 a.m.

    "A shooting took place two city blocks north of the club in a public parking lot and to our knowledge were not patrons nor members of the club and is not related to our business in any way,"

    Sorry, gotta call bull on that one. You have a security camera set up right outside the door. It should be pretty easy to determine that at least the victim was inside the club.
    This place is a nuisance. With its packed- beyond-legal-capacity parties, the illegal drug use that is photographed and posted on its social media accounts, patrons flashing gang signs, and weekly fights, its amazes me that this place is still allowed to operate.

  • Youngone28 Jun 2, 8:45 a.m.

    This is why i rarely go to clubs, and if I do, it is never one that they advertise on the radio.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 2, 8:40 a.m.

    Sounds like they may need to shut this place down.

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