Man sought for questioning in NCCU shooting not eluding authorities
Posted November 22, 2013
Durham, N.C. — A man that North Carolina Central University police want to question in connection with Thursday afternoon's shooting on campus was in traffic court in Durham Friday morning.
Authorities originally named Crandall Ortais Ingram, a former N.C. Central student, as a suspect in the shooting that happened at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday near Concord and Lawson streets.
Early Friday, authorities backed off of that, saying that the 21-year-old was a "person of interest" in the case.
After naming Ingram as a suspect on Thursday and initiating a citywide manhunt for him, authorities said it was unclear why he might have fired shots.
A message sent from Ingram’s Twitter account Thursday said he wasn't even on the N.C. Central campus, noting he was in court all day. According to court records, Ingram was scheduled to be in court Thursday in Orange County.
WRAL News found Ingram in the Durham County Courthouse at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, where he made an appearance in traffic court.
He declined to answer questions about the shooting or whether he has talked with investigators.
N.C. Central officials said Friday that they also are seeking to question someone who reportedly fled the shooting scene in a champagne-color, four-door Chevrolet Impala.
Campus Police Chief Timothy Bellamy said investigators have spoken to several people about the shooting, but Ingram's attorney called police to inform them that any contact with Ingram needs to be coordinated by her. Bellamy said he didn't know whether Ingram plans to cooperate with investigators.
The chief declined to say whether he any arrests in the case were imminent.
No shell casings were recovered after the shooting, and an unidentified man who police say was the target of the shooting wasn't injured, according to Bellamy.
Ingram, who was a victim of a shooting near N.C. Central on Nov. 3, 2012, was banned from the campus two years ago and is wanted by campus police on charges of trespassing and delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer after an officer saw him on campus last week, the chief said.