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Campus police: N.C. State shooting gang-related

Posted July 29, 2008

— Campus police said Tuesday that a shooting on the North Carolina State University early Monday was gang-related.

Ryan Alexander Barnes, 20, Leroy Barnes Jr., 19, and Terrell Maurice Grimes, 16, have been charged with attempted murder and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

A man and woman were sitting underneath a gazebo on Gorman Street, near the student apartments of Wolf Village, early Monday when 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 for treatment of their injuries.

Capt. Jon Barnwell of the N.C. State Police said the man was the target of the shooting, which initially was thought to be a random crime.

"We've got gang affiliation with the individuals involved in this incident, and ... it was a targeted act of violence," Barnwell said.

Investigators determined a dispute between competing factions of the Crips street gang prompted the shooting, he said.

University police said that Ryan Barnes is a rising junior at N.C. State. The other two suspects, as well as the two victims, aren't affiliated with the university, police said.

Barnwell said photos on Ryan Barnes' Facebook page show gang colors and gang signs.

The three suspects were being held Tuesday in the Wake County Jail under $1 million bonds.

The shooting marks the second case of gang-related violence in Raleigh in recent days.

On Saturday night, a melee involving up to 300 people occurred at the Triangle Town Center mall. Police said gang signs were flashed by some of the youths initially involved in fights that later escalated into a brawl that forced the mall to close early.

Seven people have been charged with inciting a riot and other offenses in connection with the incident.

"I think it's too early to say that there's a trend, something that's going to continue to happen in public places," Barnwell said.

Police Chief Harry Dolan on Monday called Raleigh's gang problem "significant" and said the community needs to pull together to address the issue.

Barnwell said he agrees with Raleigh police that local gang activity is increasing.

"(It's) primarily Bloods and Crips we see in this area, and they have subsets of each group," he said.


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  • trooperooh Aug 1, 2008

    Hang it there, Monique and the family. I am keeping you in my prayers. I have known Ryan since he was a kid in the neighborhood. He was always a great kid. It is sad that he is connected to this situation. I pray that he can be vindicated.

    For those who do not know, Ryan earned his way to NC State based on his abilities. He comes from a long line of educators. Do not pass judgement based on the fact that he is black.

  • mojomonique Jul 31, 2008

    Oh this issue has nothing to do with lack of discipline. Parents can discipline and direct their children in the right direction but if they want to go astray they are going to. They might not do it under the roof of their parents, or to their knowledge, but it will be done if they want to do it. So sometimes it depends on the will of the child to want to do what they know is wrong.

  • fletchermse Jul 30, 2008

    "When they were caught, all they had to say as to the reasons for the attacks was they attack me and this other gentleman was that we were white."

    But you'll never hear about crimes like that on the news. Only white people attack blacks because of race, right?

  • Tired_of_LIBERALS Jul 30, 2008

    Well, there ya go!

  • kbo0801 Jul 29, 2008

    The problem is that parents has lost control over their kids. They do not discipline them and let them do whatever they want too. Society has parents terrified to discipline their kids by allowing social service to step in for every little thing. Instead of letting parents do what they need to do to control their kids as long as it is not life threatening. Now you have these out of control gang bangers doing what they want too. I am a parent of a boy and I will do what I need to in order to keep him out of trouble and in school.

  • fireman1963 Jul 29, 2008

    The five men who attack me in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter on Brentwood Road in 1999 were members of a gang and they were targeting white folk on that night. After the hit me across the back with a 4' prybar (leaving an 8" scar that will be a reminder of that night for the rest of my life), they then attack a white man in a wheelchair coming out of a restaurant in downtown Raleigh. They robbed him and nearly beat him to death - leaving him alongside a road in orange county. When they were caught, all they had to say as to the reasons for the attacks was they attack me and this other gentleman was that we were white.

    I was lucky. I managed to fight my way through them and got away with only a scar on my back. It could have been much worse. The other guy was not so lucky - he was beaten so bad that he is now permanently brain damaged.

  • doubletrouble Jul 29, 2008

    At my job, they have tried to introduce some sort of dress code, especially on the production line-to enforce the ideals of professionalism, being quality minded, etc. Being that production jobs usually are where most people start,(where I started) they normally try to fill those new positions with youthful people. It's a shame, that potential customers who take tours, have to look at people's underwear. Due to racial politics, HR seems to have it's hands tied, but simply it is the lack of corporate guts, to address the issue head on. Come to work, dressed like you care, in a professional manner...or look else where and yes, there will be no unemployment, nor welfare, because of your decision making ability. I don't mean you have to hire the "dress police"..but, you should see our production lines now. It looks like a gang haven.....and it sure has changed over 25+ years of me being there. Youthful mentality at it's worst, and quality isn't what it used to be..go figure.

  • fireman1963 Jul 29, 2008

    I drive a church bus and pick up mostly black kids in and around the stonybrook and brentwood areas. One Sunday, a teenage boy who road regularly, talked about joining the Crips and informed me that the area around where he lived was "owned" by the Crips. When I made the comment that the Crips didn't own anything, he proceeded to let me know that the Crips owned my house, my cars, my wife and daughter and my son. They would do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted and if I tried to stop them, I would be in trouble, if not dead.

    How in the world do you combat that kind of mentality, short of eliminating them first. The gang problem is here, it is real and it is getting worse every day. And the really bad problme is, it IS racial.

  • YeaOh Jul 29, 2008

    Leave em alone, that will solve the problem the quickest.

  • moorecs Jul 29, 2008


    Sounds a lot like a story my friend told me about 6 caucasian-american skin heads jumping a black man in the restroom of a restaurant in Columbia SC a few months ago. It turned into a racial/tribal "melee" when the man emerged from the bathroom hurt, angry and vengeful. When the police arrived, according to my friend, many of the skin heads(although they were the instigators) played victims and the police charged several blacks with inciting a riot.

    What a sad situation for those people. As for my post and what seems to be your sarcasm, I was not implying anything race based with the attack that happened in Greenville. I was just comparing it to what we've seen around here. In the attacks here reported on the news, the majority are black on black gang attacks. My story was to show it's not just gang on gang attacks, black on black attacks...it's the gangs against society. No one is safe.