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Student, two others charged in N.C. State shooting

Posted July 28, 2008

— Three people have been charged with attempted murder in an overnight shooting on North Carolina State University's campus.

Ryan Alexander Barnes, 20, Leroy Barnes Jr., 19, and Terrell Maurice Grimes, 16, also face two charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

University police said that Ryan Barnes is a sophomore at N.C. State. The other two suspects, as well as the two victims, are not affiliated with the university, they said.

Police said the shooting deliberately targeted the victims, a man and woman who were sitting underneath a gazebo on Gorman Street, near the student apartments of Wolf Village.

Just after midnight, a gunman approached and fired at them, police said. The man was hit in the stomach, and the woman in the foot. Both were taken to WakeMed, where their conditions were unknown.

Police initially thought the shooting was a random attack, but later altered their conclusion and said they believe the man was the target of the shooting.

Officers declined to identify the victims, saying they feared retaliation.

The suspects were being held Monday evening in the Wake County Jail on $1 million bond each. Their first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The suspects also tried to break into a building on campus Friday night, police said. They were ordered to stay off campus after that incident and were charged with trespassing after police said they violated that order.

Capt. Jon Barnwell said that campus police would increase patrols in the area.

During the course of the investigation, police also arrested another N.C. State sophomore, Whitney Shanice Blakeney, 19. Blakeney faces charges of maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture, sale and distribution of a marijuana.

Blakeney was released from custody under a $4,000 bond.


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  • mojomonique Jul 31, 2008

    I agree a lesson should be learned...but don't judge them on this crime...people make mistakes and you can't just assume that they just went straight up to them and shot them for no reason...the only people who kno what actually happened are the people involved...and possible witnesses, if any...I know them well, I might add, and 2 of them I know are not bad people...Most of you are looking from the outside in...You talk about thier ignorance...You should take a look at your own...You can't imagine the pain of the family and close friends...Take it from someone who knows...People tend to judge what they don't know...You don't know what happened in their lives before they came to NC State...People say "Ignorance is bliss"...Well if you're going to be ignorant stay ignorant...Or else you're going to end up sounding stupid...

  • moorecs Jul 29, 2008

    And Furthermore, How Many Of Your "Homeboys" Or "Associates" Don't Have Jobs?? How Many People Did u Grow Up With Who Didnt Finish School?? jfcox

    I'll answer from my standpoint...how many of my "peeps" don't have jobs...none, all my good friends work. How many people did I grow up with (not know, but grew up with as close friends) didn't finish school....none...we all finished school and went to college to make something of ourselves just like everyone out there has that opportunity to choose right over wrong..and yes, everyone can go to college...it's called STUDENT LOANS.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 29, 2008

    So don't group all white people together!!!

    It is what it is. You cannot change that!! lol Except the things which you cannot change, you will certainly feel better.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 29, 2008


    Where are you coming from with all this anger? Cool down a bit. All races of people have problems with their children as you do to. No one is perfect, honey.

  • MarshallsMom Jul 29, 2008

    DON'T CALL ME A REDNECK!! I am not part of the "Hold my beer and watch this" society. So don't group all white people together!!!

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 29, 2008

    When I was a poor college student,

    So you are now rich?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 29, 2008

    WRAL representin'..

    Taking the coward's way out. lol lol lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 29, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk- The streets is hard, yo.

    Then do like I do, honeybun and stay off them. Get my point! lol lol

  • ncwebguy Jul 29, 2008

    If NCSU is keeping Wolf Village open during the summer, Public Safety needs to patrol over there. But they can't be over there all the time, especially on Sunday night/early Monday morning.

    When I was a poor college student, I never would have lived over there. University Apartments off Avent Ferry were older but safer. Later, I could have had more space for the same money, but took a smaller place to live north of Clark west of Cameron Village, though rents were cheaper there 10 years ago.

    Today I'd still stick to the Avent Ferry corridor over Gorman. There are few college students (State, Meredith, Shaw, St. Augs, Peace) that want to live in that area, leaving more units for people with fewer options.

  • clover1019 Jul 29, 2008

    Whitney Shanice Blakeney is looking forward to a degree in Botany and business management. our justice system is not helping to keep the criminals off the streets. with small slaps on the wrist they weigh out their options and go a head and commit the crime. Its not like they will have to go to jail or anything. Cant wait to get my pink glock for my birthday.