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Brother of Bank Shooting Victim: 'People Have No Regard for Human Life'

Posted June 17, 2007
Updated June 18, 2007

— The brother of the woman who was shot and robbed at a Cary bank Sunday afternoon is speaking out about his sister's attack.

“[My sister] heard the pop and saw the fire but didn’t realize she’d been shot until she looked at her yellow pants and they were red,” said James Pinnix.

His sister, whose name has not been released, was robbed in broad daylight as she and two co-workers went to a Bank of America ATM to make a deposit.

Police said the shooting happened at about 12:30 p.m. at 801 Southeast Maynard Road, across from the Cary Towne Center mall.

That’s when a man ran up behind Pinnix’s sister, robbed her, shot her and ran across the street to a getaway car where another man was waiting.

Before paramedics took her to WakeMed, she called her brother’s cell phone.

“I couldn’t understand what she was saying, and she said, ‘I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot!’ Then a Cary policeman took the phone,” Pinnix said.

His sister underwent surgery and is in stable condition, police said.

“It tells you that people have no regard for human life,” Pinnix said.

Officials said they are continuing to search for the two suspects who fled in a car with New York license plates.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a black man described a tall and skinny, apparently in his early 30s, with a short beard and wearing black pants and black shirt. After the shooting, the suspect ran across the street to the mall and fled in a red sedan driven by a white man, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4017 or crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME (2746).

Until someone comes forward with more information, investigators say the two men should be considered armed and dangerous.


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  • Juliett Jun 18, 2007

    "I guess as long as the courts keep slapping wrists and giving probation to people that violate probation and the liberals keep begging for more and more rights for the criminals we will continue to deteriate in this society."

    ladyblue, no truer words have ever been spoken.

  • lollly52 Jun 18, 2007

    handy site and based on FBI data. thanks

  • lollly52 Jun 18, 2007

    @Emilypaige http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcdgeff.html
    Very interesting URL.

  • emilypaige Jun 18, 2007

    Those of you opting for more gun control, read this study of 2,000 inmates - quite interesting if you ask me... link at the bottom gives you "the rest of the story"

    If defensive gun use is common then many criminals should certainly have encountered armed resistance. Professors James D. Wright and Peter Rossi surveyed 2,000 felons incarcerated in state prisons across the United States. Wright and Rossi reported that 34% of the felons said they personally had been "scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim"; 69% said that they knew at least one other criminal who had also; 34% said that when thinking about committing a crime they either "often" or "regularly" worried that they "[m]ight get shot at by the victim"; and 57% agreed with the statement, "Most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police."


  • gopanthers Jun 18, 2007

    North Carolina has change so much in just the past 15 years. And not for the good. Problem is affordable Housing and everyone from the inner cities up North are moving down here and brining their luggage with them. Granted their are a lot of good American Citizens also moving down here so if this doesn't apply don't take it personal or be offended.

  • choppa Jun 18, 2007

    LoneWolf72, Amen!

  • LoneWolf72 Jun 18, 2007

    So when it happens in Cary it's an 'NC' problem....when it happens in Rocky Mount, it's a Rocky problem, RM is the arm pit of NC, etc.....geesh....regardless, my prayers and thoughts go to the family of the victim.

  • whats it to ya Jun 18, 2007

    hmmm..Would not surprise me when more gun permits are allowed

  • Cyn Jun 18, 2007

    We are a rich country. People see opportunities and take them. Some find ways to prosper by honest means and others take a different path. Because of the over exposure to violence, violence is always an option to a large portion of society. It is not going to get better. Human life has been devalued in so many ways. These guys probably laughed about it and counted the money and sped off to the next opportunity. My prayers are with the victim and her family and friends. I pray for her healing and for healing in our land. Peace

  • ladyblue Jun 18, 2007

    dj Thanks I'm gona check it out. Why do you think NC crime has gotten so badly. This state was pretty good a couple decades ago? This is sadening to hear. I guess as long as the courts keep slapping wrists and giving probation to people that violate probation and the liberals keep begging for more and more rights for the criminals we will continue to deteriate in this society. Lord help the little ones who are growing up now in our society.