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One suspect held, second sought in Roanoke Rapids store shooting

Posted January 8, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Halifax County authorities late Thursday afternoon arrested a Roanoke Rapids man wanted in the shooting of a convenience store owner Wednesday night.

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said Raed Sirhan was shot two or three times with an assault rifle around 9:15 p.m. at Nana's Quick Mart at 2360 N.C. Highway 48.

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Sirhan was taken to an undisclosed hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in critical but stable condition Thursday night, the sheriff's office said.

Traven Lee, 32, of Roanoke Rapids, faces three counts each of attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities said they were looking for a second assailant, but they withheld his identity.

Anyone with information about the crime can contact Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

Witnesses in the store at the time told investigators that two men entered the store demanding money and immediately opened fire, firing about 10 to 15 shots.

"It appears they come in with more than just robbery on their mind," Halifax sheriff's Lt. Bobby Martin said. "They are considered very dangerous, and it's got us concerned."

The assailants fled the store without taking anything.

"Being surprised that there were other people in the store – that may have scared them off," Martin said.


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  • prayin4tr Jan 8, 2009

    This was near my house too GoHeels.
    traven did not have a bad childhood Ive known him since we were in school. His family is very loving. He just went down the wrong path in life. He was wanted for another shooting a couple years ago in Emporia.

  • GoHeels88 Jan 8, 2009

    This was near my house.

  • hdsoftail Jan 8, 2009

    Assalt rifle??? What kind of assalt rifle was it??

  • 68_polara Jan 8, 2009

    What.. they already have a mug shot of this suspect? Anyone surprised?

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 8, 2009

    Consider the possibility there is another reason for the shooting.... Why not shoot the witness, why not rob the witness?
    More to come on this shooting.

  • pebbles262004 Jan 8, 2009

    Hope they get him!!

  • colliedave Jan 8, 2009

    and for some reason, shot Siran.

    There IS a reason; these men are just evil. Or, isn't it PC to write such verbage? Perhaps they just had a bad chilhood.

  • garnertoy Jan 8, 2009

    why shoot someone these clerks make little money and have one of the dangerious jobs.Just take the money and go