'I Don't Want To Die,' Pizza Hut Shooting Victim Tells 911
Posted July 27, 2005
WILSON, N.C. — Wilson authorities released Tuesday the 911 recording of a phone call during an attempted robbery at a Wilson Pizza Hut that left one man dead and another injured.
Investigators said 18-year-old Ceasar Raya was badly hurt, but thought fast enough to dial 911 to explain what happened.
Muffled and hard to understand, Raya was able to tell a dispatcher that he was shot and that his co-worker Brandon Bass was likely dead.
"I don't want to die," Raya told the 911 operator.
Investigators believe 25-year-old Corey Whitted was the shooter who injured Raya and killed Bass. Raya is recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital.
Whitted's mother encouraged her son to turn himself in, but did not want to talk publicly at his court appearance.
Police believe Whitted, who also worked at the Pizza Hut on Glendale Drive, went into the restaurant with two friends -- Antonio Barnes, 19, and John Holden Jr., 20 -- shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
"It appears they may have recognized him and that's when the shooting began," said Sgt. D.H. Garris, of the Wilson Police Department.
Investigators spent Tuesday searching for the suspects' guns. They used metal detectors and heavy equipment to clear an area off Black Creek Road.
The Pizza Hut will remain closed for a few more days. Employees at the restaurant and Bass' friends said his death has already affected a lot of people.
"I wish it would've been me instead of him," said Bass' friend, Erik Brown. "He has more friends and people who looked up to him and all that."
The Pizza Hut manager described Bass as a likeable guy. She was there during the robbery, but was not ready to talk.
A memorial service for Bass is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. His family said Bass would be cremated.