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Police investigate Raleigh cabbie's shooting death

Posted December 16, 2008

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— Raleigh police are investigating the late-night shooting death of a cab driver in the parking lot of a North Raleigh apartment complex.

Sgt. Kevin Carswell said Tuesday that AAA Cab driver Michael Howard Palmer, 59, picked up a fare at the Greyhound Bus station in downtown shortly before 11 p.m. Monday and took that person to Quail Ridge Apartments at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Millbrook roads.

Police declined to say how many times Palmer was shot or whether he was in the driver's seat at the time.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said several residents who live near the crime scene reported hearing "a shot" late Monday.

Investigators interviewed Quail Ridge residents Tuesday morning for possible leads.

Investigators want to speak with the fare to help determine what happened when the cab arrived at the apartment complex, Carswell said.

"I wouldn't call anyone a suspect at this point. We just need to talk to him to find out what happened once they were transported up here," Carswell said. "We do know that the cab driver got here with his fare and sometime after he got here he was shot and killed."

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Raleigh police at 919-996-3555. Anonymous tips can also be phoned in at 919-227-6220.

A spokesman for AAA Cab said Palmer had worked with the company for about two months.


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  • anne53ozzy Dec 16, 2008

    Why on earth would this dispatcher have asked the caller if the man needed an ambulance, given what she had said? Moreover, encouraged her to go outside in what appeared to be a shooting? Something is wrong w the way this was handled.

  • big dog Dec 16, 2008

    Wow, some mighty IGNORANT people here. Who cares where it happened? It's less than 2 weeks to christmas and you guys are crying about where the crime occured. How about a little sympathy for the poor guy. UNBELIEVEABLE! r.i.p.

  • TeresaBee Dec 16, 2008

    This poor man. Trying to make a living. Thinking he is going home to his family. Dang. Life is taken in an instant. What is this murderer doing now? Is he having a party? Does he feel remorse? Or in the lest is he scared? So sad.

  • Lissa13082 Dec 16, 2008

    ncwebguy & fundybasher - Really? Comical - get a life! People are going crazy everywhere, Raleigh, Durham, it doesn't matter.

  • ncwebguy Dec 16, 2008

    They only make excuses when it happens in *North* Raleigh... When people get shot in SE Raleigh, Southeast Raleigh is put in the headline so people know it isn't anything to worry about.

    When the bank was robbed in downtown Durham yesterday, the word "downtown" was never used, only the address.

    While when things happen in North Raleigh or downtown/South Durham, it is the fault of the full moon/economy/whatever else.

  • fundybasher Dec 16, 2008

    interesting that when something like this happens in Durham, the entire town is indicted. When it happens in Raleigh however, it's because of the full moon, or because it's a jungle sometimes, or because people are desperate. I think it's lovely how Raleigh folks let themselves off the hook when a murder occurs in the capital city, but are quick to blame all of Durham when it happens there.

  • giterdungirl Dec 16, 2008

    Way to close to home...people are going nuts since the full moon and since it is getting closer to Christmas time....The police have their hands full lately.

  • Lissa13082 Dec 16, 2008

    No, no children. There are a lot of sex offenders everywhere, unfortunatley.

  • Familymatters Dec 16, 2008

    Shootings are too close to home for you? Hope you don't have any children then you should see the # of sex offenders in the area... don't have a link to the online map handy but... at least you can see a guy with gun.

  • angora2 Dec 16, 2008

    Desperate people nowadays, I'm guessing.