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Fireworks Spark Gunshots Between Neighbors

Posted January 25, 2007

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— A Raleigh man was arrested early Thursday and charged with shooting his neighbor following a squabble over late-night fireworks, police said.

Mark F. Irwin, 22, of 208 Chamberlain St., was shooting off fireworks outside his home with a group of friends shortly before 2 a.m., police said. A neighbor, Christopher H. Barber, 24, asked that the fireworks show come to an end, and he began to argue with members of the group, police said.

The verbal dispute escalated into a physical altercation, and Irwin brought a shotgun out of his house, police said. Barber's brother, John H. Kenney Jr., 18, became involved in the continuing dispute, and Irwin shot him in the right leg, police said.

When Barber tried to help his brother, he was shot in the hip, police said.

Both men were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Irwin was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, police said.

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  • emperorbob2000 Jan 26, 2007

    "Now if they'd just fix up Hillsborough Street so the housing values would rise
    in this area"

    Ah yes, force up property prices in the area. Gentrification solves all those annoying problems you get from the elderly, poor, students, and minorities.

  • clickclackity2 Jan 25, 2007

    I think the moral of the story here is that some people think they can do what they want and act how they want. These students(State, Duke, etc..) need to grow up and take responsibility and the consequences for their stupid behaviors, for which they think is all in the name of 'fun'.

  • gopack Jan 25, 2007

    robiswierd...find me a public university in this country where all students live on campus. that is never going to happen. the problem is that people continue to try to act like nc state is not a large university in need of university friendly surroundings. the only revitalization that needs to occur in the area is to make it more student oriented and give north carolina state university a surrounding environment that will draw, rather than deter, prospective students that will continue to make the nc state university programs as successful as they are. these individuals behavior, which is more than disappointing, has nothing to do with the fact that they live in old houses off of hillsborough street. any area surrounding a university is likely to have a good population of students living in it, and that does not always equate to people getting shot.

  • Low Voltage Jan 25, 2007

    Just because the Hatfield's and McCoy's had a little misunderstanding over fireworks and a gunfight? Does this mean Al Gore is going to call in the EPA? WOW! Come on redmeat, you surely can do better than that!!

  • SON4R. Jan 25, 2007

    And for the grand finally!!!

    12 gauge???

  • Mo Jan 25, 2007

    Probably just a bunch of drunk NCSU students playing Animal House...and things got out of hand. Now if they'd just fix up Hillsborough Street so the housing values would rise in this area, then these folks could be housed on campus and raise hell there. I know...not nice, you can all yell at me now.

  • Execution Style Jan 25, 2007

    doesn't this guy know that u don't bring a gun to a firework fight? lol

  • k9sandQtrs Jan 25, 2007

    So global warming causes redneck behavior? I'm confused....

  • spiritwarriorwoman Jan 25, 2007

    Don't understand what God has to do with this issue or the others you are mentioning. God certainly expects us to have the good old common sense He imbued us with, yet many of us nowadays don't have any. He won't waste His time saving us from stupidity when He expects better from us.
    Praying for all - even the stupid.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • normalthinking Jan 25, 2007

    wanna bet there was alcohol involved?