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College President: Fatal Shooting Happened in 'Problem Area'

Posted October 12, 2007
Updated October 13, 2007

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— A homeless man was killed early Friday less than 100 yards from the St. Augustine's College campus, prompting the school's president to call for better law enforcement in the east Raleigh neighborhood.

"Hopefully, that will be an alert and alarm for the law enforcement agencies of the community and the City Council people to recognize that it's a festering sore and that there needs to be an increased standard of patrolling," St. Augustine President Dianne Suber said.

The shooting occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Tarboro and Lane Streets, police said.

Officers responding to the scene found Ricky High, 48, dead and Tyree Qullion Truesdale, 18, wounded.

Truesdale was taken to WakeMed for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Those who knew High said he would come into businesses and offer to help clean them.

"He was a neighborhood guy. You would recognize him all the time," resident Kahleel Smith said.

Witnesses told investigators they saw one person at the scene when the shootings occurred. But police said no arrests have been made.

Police said they do not believe the shooting is related to the campus.

Officers have responded to 17 serious crimes – police include assaults, robberies, rapes and murders in the category – in the quarter-mile radius around the campus since January, including Oakwood, Tarboro and Lane streets, Raleigh Police Department records show. Police have been called to the area more than 50 times in the same period.

"That whole corridor becomes a problem for our kids coming and going, which they should be able to do with an expectation of safety," Suber said. "These young men and women on this campus deserve the same kind of protection as young men and women and citizens in other parts of the city do."

Raleigh police spokesperson Jim Sughrue emphasized that a sizeable force is already patrolling the area. He said it will take a joint effort by the college, city and residents to clean up crime in the area.

Most of the students at St. Augustine's College were out on fall break Friday. Those on campus were told to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME.

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  • 2AMANDA2 Oct 13, 2007

    people never cease to amaze me. ricky did not have a lengthy criminal history. you were looking at the wrong person. yes he was homeless, but that didn't necessarily have anything to do with why he was killed. he always spoke to everyone and did stuff to keep a little money.

    this is a COMMUNITY problem. believe it or not, this is a mixed race community trying to survive. there are prostitutes walking and drugs being sold as with any neighborhood. a lot of people who think it's not happening in theirs are wrong. it's just not as out in the open.

    some of the landlords are predators, but some honestly don't know what's going on over there. i talked to a lady who owns a house on jones street and she's only been over there a couple of times and was charging 700.00 a month.

    as for the students. i agree that some are rude and disrespectful,etc...but a lot are not. a lot of these kids aren't from here and don't have the pride in the neighborhood that the people who

  • msncdso Oct 13, 2007

    "A problem area"

    ..and what made it that way?

  • superman Oct 13, 2007

    The best solution is for the college to open up their dorms and the college staff to open up their homes and give those homeless people a place to live. Get them off the streets

  • one_nc_citizen Oct 13, 2007

    how ironic.

    all these students in college getting an "education" yet none of them learn the solution to their own community's problems.

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 13, 2007

    doobedobedoodoo...do you know the man that was killed? How do you know about his record, they didn't release his name.

    As for Tyree Truesdale, he has two convictions

    COMMON LAW BURGLARY (ATTEMPTED) and POSSESS SCHEDULE II

    where did you get your information from?

  • NotFromHere Oct 13, 2007

    "If you want to describe "their culture" as poverty and disadvantage then I can agree with you. It is so easy to sit in judgment when your basic needs are being met and you have what many would consider luxuries. If you've never been poor and lived in a neighborhood where there is no easy way out then you can't really understand those who don't have the things a lot of people take for granted."

    The solution is this - stay in school, get your high school diploma and get a dang job. Your plight isn't going to get any better by sitting on the front porch or making babies with some guy you aren't married to and who doesn't have a job.

  • UNC81 Oct 13, 2007

    I don't think the problem is necessarily the area AROUND St Aug...

  • houdie1031 Oct 13, 2007

    It's about time Diane Suber spoke out on this issue. I have yet to see much representation from ST Augustine's at the North Central CAC. This is a community problem. There are people who live outside the area who come in to pick up the hookers and their drugs. There are police officers who own houses where the hookers and their pimps work. The house at the corner of Jones and State Streets (owned by a police officer) has open air drug dealing. The people making money from the substandard housing would never live there. The ABC Board who grants the beer licenses would never live there. The Governor who lives a mile from the scene of the shooting has a big wall around his house. While Mary Easley drives to Wakefield to talk about underage drinking, she could walk through Oakwood and on down to Tarboro St (with her bodyguards) to see some underage drinking. It is dangerous live in College Park/Idlewild. There are more solutions than just the police.

  • doobedobedoodoo Oct 13, 2007

    the dude who got killed had an arrest record a mile long for serious felonys

    the police are doing their job.

    I think we know what the problem in that area is.

  • Harrison Bergeron Oct 13, 2007

    "...that it's a festering sore and that there needs to be an increased standard of patrolling," -article

    How is increased patrolling going to fix the "festering sore"?

    "If you want to describe "their culture" as poverty and disadvantage then I can agree with you. It is so easy to sit in judgment when your basic needs are being met and you have what many would consider luxuries. If you've never been poor and lived in a neighborhood where there is no easy way out then you can't really understand those who don't have the things a lot of people take for granted." -twc

    twc,

    Neither poverty nor education levels as single factors has a particularly strong correlation with violent crime.

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