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Man, 48, shot during robbery at Raleigh Internet cafe

Posted April 23, 2014

An unidentified man was injured early Wednesday in a shooting at a strip mall near the intersection of Capital and Crabtree boulevards, Raleigh police said.

— A 48-year-old man was shot early Wednesday during a robbery at an Internet sweepstakes cafe in north Raleigh, police said.

According to investigators, Christopher Tyrone McElroy was fleeing the T-T Internet Sweepstakes Cafe on Crabtree Boulevard at about 2 a.m. when he was shot outside by one of two people who had attempted to rob the business.

McElroy was taken to WakeMed, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

One of the people wanted in connection with the robbery fired shots into the cafe, but no one else was injured.

Police are looking for two men in connection with the incident. One stands between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He was wearing khaki pants, a white shirt and tan hat.

The other man was 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.


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  • Nancy Martin Apr 23, 2014
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    Take the guns from those who are not criminals, and the only ones who will have them will be criminals. That is a given and ends the discussion.

  • lasm Apr 23, 2014

    Grand Union:"How so? Who is providing them the guns other than "legal" buyers like you (80-90%) or "legal" buyers like you who don't store them securely and get them stolen (10-20%)"
    "you can buy privately and not wait a second. you can sell it to a criminal with almost zero chance of being found out"
    Now we know who does NOT own a gun; and the quotations around the word legal would give anybody a hint. Why would someone be sarcastic about the legality of the 2nd amendment? And why would that same person hint at the other poster "providing" murderers the guns to kill others; when we all know statistics show that most law abiding citizens who own guns take care with them. Do you think that correctly stowed guns don't get stolen? Do you think gun stores don't get robbed? Do you think no one should own a knife because knives get stolen and some are used to murder? Do you not think a person has the right to own a legal (yes I said LEGAL) weapon to protect themselves and their family?

  • Whistling Dixie Apr 23, 2014

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    What about the stabbings that have happened in the last month? I guess Grand "I want my entitlements" Union would have us stop selling those as well. Some folks you just can't reach.

  • lopo Apr 23, 2014

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    Problem is if they go to Europe or a Country that outlawed guns they probably get robbed.

  • John Dees Apr 23, 2014
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    GRAND UNION APR 23, 8:57 A.M.

    "Criminals have an easy time getting hold of a gun"

    How so? Who is providing them the guns other than "legal" buyers like you (80-90%) or "legal" buyers like you whodon't store them securely and get them stolen (10-20%)

    ." I'm a law-abiding citizen, and I have to go through a background check, waiting period, etc."

    No you don't, you can buy privately and not wait a second. you can sell it to a criminal with almost zero chance of being found out.

    " Your comment is irrelevant to the discussion."

    Really, how would this crazy old guy shot at his neighbor if he didn't have a gun?

    Who was made safer by him owning a gun?

    Grand Union. Your naiveté is nothing short of astounding. It is no use arguing with anti gun folks. Most are coddled, wanna be limousine liberals. Fortunately, it is a hot enough political topic, most politicians won't touch it. I don't see Americans ever giving up their guns so you guys need to head on over to Europe and hang ou

  • Todd Singleton Apr 23, 2014
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    "Sweepstakes"... enough said. Won't pull into a shopping center parking lot that has one of these rat holes no matter what.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 23, 2014

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    That's not true! There were two very respectable ones in Angier at the beginning of the year, and they never had any incidents of having to have the cops at either one.

    The truth is, as soon as legislators figure out how to find out people's winnings so they can tax them, these will be legal again. Just watch!!!

    Same for pot, as soon as legislators can figure out how to tax something any Granny can grow in an old tin can on her kitchen windowsill, that will suddenly become legal too. Again, just watch!!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 23, 2014

    Prayers for him and that the perp is caught.
    Plus, I thought these things were illegal now in NC? Not?

  • disgusted2010 Apr 23, 2014

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    Don't confuse an anti gun, anti constitutionalists with facts.

  • Steve Sanders Apr 23, 2014
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    Well I will comment on the Sweepstakes then! Why are these so called Sweepstakes businesses still open? It breeds the criminal element especailly at the time at which this took place!