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Police checkpoint looks for leads in fatal shooting

Posted February 17, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Raleigh police set up a traffic checkpoint Tuesday evening to look for leads in the shooting death of Andrew Willie Brown.

Brown, 47, was shot while walking to a convenience store along the 2400 block of Poole Road around 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 9. He was taken to WakeMed, where he died a few days later.

A surveillance camera caught three people running away from the Poole Road area that evening. They may have headed to the Melvid Court area. Two people wore all-dark clothing, and the third person wore dark pants and a light-colored shirt.

Police set up a traffic checkpoint on Poole Road and handed out fliers to drivers Tuesday in hopes that someone may be able to identify the people in the video.

Family members mourn man killed along Poole Road Family members mourn man killed on Poole Road

Brown's family members were at the checkpoint, too, hoping someone would come forward with information that could help police with the investigation.

“How could they sleep at night? How could anybody sleep after killing somebody for no reason?” said Angel Carapucci, who lived with Brown.

Carapucci said Brown was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone.

"I wake up some mornings and I say, 'Andrew where are you at?' and he ain't there,” Carapucci said.

"It was senseless and who might the next person be. You think about that. It could be a child. It could be a senior citizen," said Anne Brown, victim's sister.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives is asked to call the Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME. Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and pays rewards for information that helps to clear cases.


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  • tootie Feb 18, 2009

    :````( so senseless agree 100% with Imagine Praying for the family.

  • Imagine 722 Feb 18, 2009

    As much as this world is beautiful, it is disgusting!!! There are so many thugs that just think they can do WHATEVER it is that they want. They don't care about anything or anyone in the world.... anything they want they get, whether it's murdering someone or robbing or raping... it's disgusting. Hey, let's just shoot and kill an innocent man (if he was innocent...) on the side of the road. Whether or not these animals (and MANY others!!) get death penalty... I hope God puts them WHERE THEY BELONG!!!! I hope they suffer... people like this make soooo many people & their families suffer. It is just not fair!!! Of course life isn't fair... but just thugs... animals... why?? Why do they do this?? Yeah... maybe because they weren't brought up the way they should have been... maybe their parents weren't there for them. BUT THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS WRONG!! They just don't CARE!!! Ughhh :(

  • venitapeyton Feb 18, 2009

    The checkpoint is a good start. Hopefully with the flier someone with pertinent information can call detectives later. Just in case they worry about being 'fingered' for being seen talking to the police.

    The story should be updated to name Longview Grocery, as there are more than a dozen convenience stores on Poole Rd.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 18, 2009

    "It was senseless and who might the next person be. You think about that. It could be a child. It could be a senior citizen," said Anne Brown, victim's sister.

    This is so true. These fake thugs have no respect for anyone anymore. They want whats yours and take it, and then kill you for no reason. There was a time that when people robbed, they would show you a weapon to intimidate you. Not that it was right, but you could at least walk away with your life. Now, there is not walking away at all.