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'Armed, possibly dangerous' man arrested in Chapel Hill shooting

Posted December 16, 2011
Updated December 18, 2011

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— Chapel Hill police have arrested a Durham man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 41-year-old man Sunday.

Officers arrested Mario Dante Ramsey, 26, at his home, 711 N. Duke St.,  Friday without incident. He is accused of killing Drew Christopher Frasure, who was found dead of a single gunshot wound inside his apartment at 119A Ashley Forest Drive around 12:20 a.m.

Ramsey denied bond and placed in the Orange County jail. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Police described Ramsey as "armed and possibly dangerous" as they searched for him Friday.

In a 911 call released Tuesday, a woman visiting a friend who lives in a nearby apartment told a 911 dispatcher that Frasure had been shot in the face.

She said she saw three young white men wearing hats run out of the apartment and into the street.

"All of a sudden, they ran into the house. I heard a shot, and they all ran out," the caller said.

She said that Frasure knew the shooter.

Investigators have said that Frasure's death does not appear to be random but have not commented on a possible motive. They have not discussed the three young white men the caller reported seeing.

"Early in our investigation, Ramsey was identified as a possible suspect," said Sgt. Josh Mecimore. "It is worth noting that with this still being an ongoing investigation, there may be more charges as the investigation progresses."

Ramsey has past convictions for breaking-and-entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, according to state Department of Correction records.

Anyone with information about Frasure's death is asked to call police at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and callers may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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  • westernwake1 Dec 16, 2011

    twc - I think we all agree on this. rayraynral's post I take as sarcasm. My response was severe laughter.

    The reality is that the safest communities in the U.S. are the ones in which most law abiding residents are armed. The least safe cities in the U.S. are those where gun control laws restict law abiding citizens from owning guns (e.g. Washington D.C.)

  • twc Dec 16, 2011

    "They don't have shootings in Chapel Hill. That big strong gun control law keeps that from happening."

    rayraynral - You owe me a new keyboard. My drink just went through my nose. :)
    westernwake1

    Don't take much to shock some people.

    If the gun laws were any stronger the criminal shooters would be the only ones shooting. Or didn't anyone notice they weren't obeying laws?

    We have laws that say you shouldn't murder. If they don't obey that law and it's serious consequences what makes you think they will obey a gun control law and it's relatively minor consequence.

  • westernwake1 Dec 16, 2011

    "They don't have shootings in Chapel Hill. That big strong gun control law keeps that from happening."

    rayraynral - You owe me a new keyboard. My drink just went through my nose. :)

  • rayraynral Dec 16, 2011

    They don't have shootings in Chapel Hill. That big strong gun control law keeps that from happening.

  • twc Dec 16, 2011

    "Yeah, no. There are plenty of us who freely choose to live here. Nice try, though."
    lb27608

    And there are many who pray for you often.

  • twc Dec 16, 2011

    I guess the 911 caller was caught up in the Christmas spirit when she reported the 3 white men. Were they riding camels and following a star by chance?

    Note to police: don't forget about that call; it may be part of the crime.

  • lb27608 Dec 16, 2011

    "Unless they are the ones getting victimized by the black male(s). It's DURHAM. White folks get in and get out as quick as possible unless you're unfortunate enough to have to live there."

    Yeah, no. There are plenty of us who freely choose to live here. Nice try, though.

  • vegeman12 Dec 16, 2011

    Captured!

  • twc Dec 16, 2011

    I've just read on the news site where the shooter has been arrested.

  • turtledove Dec 16, 2011

    "Police have not released any details about the three young, white men the caller reported seeing."

    As Gomer Pyle used to say:"SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE"

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