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Man commits suicide in Raleigh hours after woman's fatal shooting

Posted September 10, 2012
Updated September 11, 2012

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— Hours after a woman was shot to death in a Cameron Village parking lot, Raleigh police responded to a second shooting nearby and found the body of a man wearing clothing that matched the description of the possible suspect in the first crime.

The man committed suicide, police said. His name was not released.

Raleigh police have not said if the two shootings are connected, but a police spokesman said there is no known threat to the public at this time.

The first shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Daniels Street in Cameron Village, where officers found a woman lying dead on the pavement. Her name was not released. Police said she arrived to work at Pier 1 Imports when a man fired a handgun at her several times, killing her.

A 911 caller, who identified herself as the woman's employer, said she saw a white man get into the car with the victim. A few minutes later, she heard gunshots.

"I went to the office, and I was walking back up, and I thought she was banging on the door, but I think it was gunshots," the distraught caller said. "When I went out there, her eyes were open and it looked like she was dead. There was lots of blood."

More than a dozen schools went on lockdown as police began a manhunt for the killer. They released a picture of a possible suspect – a man who appeared to be in his early 40s and was wearing khaki pants and a dark-colored shirt.

Shortly before 2 p.m., police responded to a second shooting at 1015 Wade Ave., a short distance from Cameron Village. There, they found the body of a man wearing similar clothing.

A 911 caller told dispatchers "the suspect you all have been looking for at Cameron Village just shot himself in the head."

"I heard a shot. I was about to get in my car, I looked over and saw him just laying there, shot to the head," the caller said.

About the time the body was discovered, Wake County public schools lifted its “code yellow” lockdown. 911 calls detail Raleigh shooting scenes as police investigate possible link 911 calls detail Raleigh shooting scenes as police probe link

North Carolina State University was not locked down, school officials said, because police "determined (the shooter) was not a threat to campus." However, Wolfline bus service to Cameron Village was canceled temporarily.

A Cameron Village manager said there are no security cameras in the area. At least 10 stores were closed Monday due to the shooting. Pier 1 Imports will remain closed Tuesday.

John Floyd was having breakfast outside when he heard the shooting in Cameron Village.

"Suddenly, I heard like six or seven what I thought were shots, and I thought, ‘Oh, must be construction noise,’" he said.

Police say the gunman then ran past the Pier 1 Imports and Ann Taylor stores. Angel Sams, who lives in the area, said she may have seen the man.

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"I was walking the dog, and I noticed a guy. He just looked awkward. He was half running, half walking down the street, and he was wearing khaki shorts, a blue shirt," Sams said.

"He looked like he was in a hurry, but it was weird. And then, probably 5, 10 minutes later, one of our neighbors was in Cameron Village when the shooting happened and told us about it and told us what he was wearing. It was the exact description of this guy," she added.

Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call 911 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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  • soyousay Sep 11, 3:23 p.m.

    I can only imagine the horror those children are enduring. Their mother ran to try to be safe and now this. I hope there is family here to help them.

  • storchheim Sep 11, 1:06 p.m.

    You all keep talking about "the community must figure out an answer" and "programs", "support", "intervention", "education", and my personal puke-inducing favorite non-concept, "empowerment."

    You have said nothing of substance. What do you think should be done - in 100 words or less, without using any of the buzzwords above? One hits the other, and then...what?

  • junkmail5 Sep 11, 12:51 p.m.

    Well unless Americans are just 4X more homicidal than say the British or Canadians how else do you explain the 4X murder rate?

    Given gun ownership in the US is -far- less than 4x that of Canada, your own point _proves_ it ain't the guns.

    The fact that murder rates don't track, at all, with gun ownership rates, is the very reason your entire argument with without foundation.

    It's odd you'd bring up a point that proves you wrong as somehow supporting your argument though.

  • luvstoQ Sep 11, 12:21 p.m.

    Prayers are needed for the living, no prayers will be of any affect to a dead person - their soul has gone on and their fate sealed.

    So sorry for the loss in your family Clive, and to all the others that have lost, especially those orphan little innocent children.

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 11, 12:01 p.m.

    "Likewise it's not sane to think 'more gun control laws' would've had any effect on a guy you just got done telling us wasn't himself sane. I mean, murder was already illegal after all."

    Well unless Americans are just 4X more homicidal than say the British or Canadians how else do you explain the 4X murder rate? Yes he might have managed to kill her if he did not have a gun but there is a good reason why killers use guns....the make killing almost easy.........it seems about 4X easier.....

  • junkmail5 Sep 11, 11:40 a.m.

    Millions of divorces happen every year, hundreds of thousands have custody issues, only hundreds end in murder. Its is almost certain that mental illness played a big part in this. Its not sane to drive hundreds of miles, kill someone you loved and then kill yourself. Its not sane to do this to ones kids.....
    Crabbit Cratur

    Likewise it's not sane to think 'more gun control laws' would've had any effect on a guy you just got done telling us wasn't himself sane. I mean, murder was already illegal after all.

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 11, 11:08 a.m.

    "Christians do know the answer to your questions"

    No they don't, they just think they do.....not the same thing.

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 11, 11:06 a.m.

    "Selfish thoughts and the inability to care for his kids. They were probably part of a custody battle that didn't go in his favor."

    Thats not a reason. Millions of divorces happen every year, hundreds of thousands have custody issues, only hundreds end in murder. Its is almost certain that mental illness played a big part in this. Its not sane to drive hundreds of miles, kill someone you loved and then kill yourself. Its not sane to do this to ones kids.....

  • Bartmeister Sep 11, 10:06 a.m.

    "How could a parent do that to his children?"

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    Selfish thoughts and the inability to care for his kids. They were probably part of a custody battle that didn't go in his favor.

  • Bartmeister Sep 11, 10:03 a.m.

    "It's about time to take this article down WRAL. Let these families heal."

    You mean let us do nothing about guns again....till the next round of useless deaths.
    Crabbit Cratur

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    You say do nothing, WHAT do you propose? Certainly nothing is going to happen on this board.

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