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Teen wounded in Raleigh drive-by shooting

Posted March 26, 2012

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— Raleigh police are investigating whether a shooting that wounded a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning could be gang-related.

Investigators say the boy was out in the front yard at 125 Bertie Drive shortly after 1 a.m. when someone in a dark red Cadillac drove by and opened fire.

The teen, whose identity was not released, was shot in the stomach. He was at WakeMed Monday recovering from his injury, which police have said is not life-threatening.

The latest shooting marks the fifth within the past two weeks – all within a mile of one another.

Neighbors in the area say they are worried about the violence and surprised that the victim in Sunday's shooting was a young teen.

"I'm really shocked," Angie Wilder said. "My heart goes out to whoever it was, because I have a 14-year-old."

Neighbors said they also remember a shooting in October 2010 that left Clarence Jamel Blossom, 24, dead in a yard on Colleton Road – just a few houses down from Bertie Drive.

Teen wounded in Raleigh drive-by shooting Teen wounded in Raleigh drive-by shooting

Shenqua Jordan said that, for the sake of all the children in the neighborhood, including her 7-month-old nephew, she wants people to think before they turn to violence.

"It's sad, because I would hate for something like that to happen to one of my family members or someone close to me," she said.

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  • nowon_yuno Mar 27, 2012

    Last time I looked it was twenty twelve, It was not even a school night for goodness sake

    Isn't there a curfew for minors? I'll let you ponder that. No 15 year old should be out that late unless with they are with their parents. It being 2012 has nothing to do with it, nothing good is ever going on that late.

  • KnoxOverstreet III Mar 26, 2012

    "Sheesh... What was this 15 year old kid doing out at 1 am?? Not blaming the victim, the same way that I wouldn't blame the victim of a convenience store robbery; but I also know that I wouldn't be out in a bad area at 1 am. It is utterly ridiculous that his parents allow him to roam like that.
    heather819062"

    Yes the parents need to put their children to bed at the stroke of nine. At least in the fifties. Last time I looked it was twenty twelve, It was not even a school night for goodness sake.

  • KnoxOverstreet III Mar 26, 2012

    "I'm really shocked," Angie Wilder said. "My heart goes out to whoever it was, because I have a 14-year-old."

    I guess if she did not have a fourteen year old she would not care?

  • kayakingboy Mar 26, 2012

    This is terrible!! Young people being shot! Young people being shot in the front yard of a neighborhood! Why isn't there more outrage! Why don't more of our community leaders (Rev Barbour, Al Sharpton)come to this cause? A life is a life. Just because it might have been gang related does not make it ok. It seems an "oh well, what are you gonna do?" attitude persists in these types of shootings and killings. A young man in Florida was recently shot and killed and the country is up in arms because it wasn't a black person or a gang member who shot him, it was a white/hispanic man. Where is the nation's mind set that says a gang related shooting is ok but a perceived racially motivated shooting is the only killing that upsets the masses. The NAACP is extremely quick to throw their weighty support behind a perceived racially motivated killing but are turning a blind eye to interracial shootings and killings. Why????? Clean up your house before going outside!

  • edwh14 Mar 26, 2012

    Where is the media outrage?

  • working for deadbeats Mar 26, 2012

    There would be something wrong if there weren't 15 year olds out at 1am in that area.

  • computer trainer Mar 26, 2012

    While it is not right for people to shoot at others like this, WHY is a 15 year old outside after 1 AM. When my children were that age, they were not outside at that time of the morning. From what I heard, there was quite the group of young folks there when this young man was shot.

  • heather819062 Mar 26, 2012

    Sheesh... What was this 15 year old kid doing out at 1 am?? Not blaming the victim, the same way that I wouldn't blame the victim of a convenience store robbery; but I also know that I wouldn't be out in a bad area at 1 am. It is utterly ridiculous that his parents allow him to roam like that.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 26, 2012

    Unmarked police cars is needed to patrol these areas. I do hope the teenager will be OK.