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Reward Offered in Investigation of Fatal Armed Robbery

Posted August 18, 2007
Updated August 19, 2007

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— Raleigh police said a reward is being offered in the investigation into an armed robbery in which a Raleigh woman was killed.

Several masked gunmen stormed into Apartment E at 4105 Spring Forest Road around 10 p.m. on Friday.

Charmeka Cheymeir Harris, 25, was shot in the stomach, officials said. She was taken to WakeMed, where she died.

The gunmen also took money and jewelry, police said.

Ten people, including five adults and five juveniles, were inside the apartment when the gunmen entered, but no one else was hurt in the shooting, police said.

The crime does not appear to have been a random act of violence, based on the investigation as of Sunday evening, police said. Officers declined to provide more information at this time.

Harris, who lived in a nearby apartment, was visiting an acquaintance at the residence.

“You just don’t know. That’s why you have to watch who’s going in and out of your house,” said Lashanda Brewington, a neighbor. “It’s very frightening."

Since the crime, investigators have gone in and out of the apartment complex. Fingerprint powder marked the door of Apartment E, and police blocked off several areas behind the apartment. They also taped off a nearby van and combed tall grass using K-9s to look for evidence.

Police have not released the name of the occupant of the apartment.

Police said a reward is being offered for anyone with information that materially assists the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or CrimeStoppers at 919-226-CRIME. They can also report a tip via the NC WANTED tip line at 1-866-43-WANTED or submit it over the Web.