Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.
"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.