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Shots fired into vehicles near Enloe High

Posted May 22, 2009

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— Raleigh police searched Friday for those responsible for firing at least three shots into vehicles near Enloe High School.

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Reports of gunshots along Bertie Drive and Culpepper Lane, behind the school at 128 Clarendon Crescent, came in shortly after 7 a.m. – around the time the school day was starting.

No one was injured.

Administrators rushed students into buildings when they heard gunshots, but classes started on time, and the school was not put on lockdown, said Mike Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System.

Police said the shooting involved a group of people who quickly fled the area. Some left on foot, and others were seen in vehicles heading north, police said.

Investigators were pursuing those leads Friday morning, and K-9 units searched the area. Police said Friday afternoon that progess was being made in the case.

Although some students park along the street, police described the shooting as "a community incident" that is unrelated to the school or students.

Junior Kenan Krim said many students are numb to shootings like Friday's because of several crimes within the past six months.

"I think we're pretty used to it, actually," he said. "Stuff that's related to this has happened a couple times already this year. I'm kind of used to it."

In December, two men with a gun robbed a 16-year-old student walking to school along Bertie Drive. Moments later, also on Bertie Drive, two men with a knife pushed a 14-year-old student to the ground.

In January, an assistant principal was mugged as she got out of her vehicle in a campus parking lot.

Raleigh police have stepped up patrols in the area since the crimes, but City Councilman Russ Stephenson said more might need to be done.

"It's a big concern to have any kind of gang activity in neighborhoods," Stephenson said. "We'll be taking that very seriously."

Police have not said whether any of the crimes have been gang-involved. Residents in the neighborhood said they are concerned.

"It seems like the community is changing a little bit," Iantha Green said. "That concerns me. Anytime you hear (gun) shots, that's not good."


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  • bethraleigh May 22, 2009

    The Police have got to do something about that area around Culpepper- there have been multiple incidents there, and I think kids have bought drugs around there too. The people in the neighborhood deserve better, not jus the Enloe crowd. This is going to kill the Magnet program faster than racism will

  • tsquaring May 22, 2009

    I sure hope the Easley's aren't behind this...

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  • Professor May 22, 2009

    From '69 back schools were much better. Caring teachers, principals and you never heard of crime on school campus. Hoorary for the 60's schools. So sad how it is today. Of course some parents are not teaching their children, either.

  • raleighmom May 22, 2009

    My daughter said they were not in "lockdown" but were not allowed outside the buildings. So if kids had gone to the East Building before school started, they were not allowed to go back outside to get to the West Building for their 1st period class. I'm not sure how long this lasted (my daughter from Ligon called it a "code yellow" lockdown versus a "code red" lockdown). Kind of sad that my kids are learning all about lockdowns, huh?

  • GetRight May 22, 2009

    A Walther PPK .380 and a CCW would fix this situation

  • time4real May 22, 2009

    so were they in lock down or not? the reports have said both. lousy coverage local drive bys!
    WRAL, how come you haven't commented on the GOP telling parents to keep kids home at the year round schools Memorial Day yet? An allegiance to a local school board member or 2 maybe?

  • bill0 May 22, 2009

    People who live downtown and people who live in the suburbs seem to have 2 different ideas of what the "neighborhood" means. Most people downtown would say their neighborhood is just a couple of blocks. People in the suburbs seem to define "neighborhood" as anything within easy walking distance - a mile or so.

    The "neighborhood" (in terms of a couple of blocks) around enloe is full of families and beautiful old homes. The "neighborhood" (in terms of walking distance) around enloe includes some run down areas and a startling number of criminals. That area from just north of New Bern and Raleigh Road down to MLK and Poole has some really rough spots. Not every street is bad, but some of them are. If you don't know the area well, you can get yourself in trouble pretty quickly.

  • panthers254 May 22, 2009

    we should all agree that there are good and bad in all races and ethnicities. maybe i am wrong, but it's just my opinion.
    arabs get a bad rap because of stuff like 9/11, but most of the ones i know think that sort of violence is ridiculous. we should all want the streets to be safe. black, white, red, brown, and yellow, we all have to live here. if there's a white dude out stealing cars and breaking the law, lock his behind up, i sure as heck aint trying to protect him or make excuses for him. the only way to make the streets safe is to meet the crime head on and put the lawbreakers behind bars.
    and we can all hope that kids find positive role models to emulate. our president is a good start, even though i disagree with some of his politics, at least he is an example of how one can overcome obstacles to become the best they can be.

  • wcumom May 22, 2009

    You can't force civilized behavior in some people,when they just are not evolutionized..obama could not even produce that much change!