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Man sought in Raleigh shooting that left three wounded

Posted July 8, 2009
Updated July 9, 2009

— Police were searching Wednesday for a man in a shooting near downtown Raleigh that left three people wounded.

The shooting occurred at about 10:15 a.m. at 306 Maple St., near the intersection with Oakwood Avenue and about a block from the campus of St. Augustine's College, police said.

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Three people were taken to WakeMed for treatment. Rashed Amin Green, 27, was shot in the abdomen and hand, Fatima Dar-Salaam Elliott, 29, was shot in the chest, and Bradley Lamont Patterson, 23, was shot in the thigh, police said.

Their conditions were unknown Wednesday afternoon.

Jonathan Tillery said he and his brother, Eric, live in the other half of the duplex where the shooting occurred.

"I just ran in the kitchen, and I saw 'Boogie' on the floor. He was bleeding and said he had been shot," Jonathan Tillery said. "Then I looked in the room, and I saw Fatima. She had been shot also. They were just yelling, 'Call the ambulance.'"

"I was scared because I thought the guy might come back to finish the rest, and I was scared because I didn't want anyone to die on the floor," Eric Tillery said.

Police identified Brandon Daniel Sloan, 23, as a suspect in the case and issuing warrants for his arrest on one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. They said he knew the three victims and that a dispute led to the shooting.

Nearby residents said crime on Maple Street has increased recently.

"There's a lot of activities going on that I'm not pleased with," resident Willie Stokes said, citing drug activity.

"The neighborhood has just changed a lot. The people are concerned – the ones who are still here – about this going on," Stokes said. "People that I've talked with just don't like what they see. I guess that's (the case) with any neighborhood where people are trying to raise a family and trying to live in harmony or in peace."

Salima Tillery, Jonathan and Eric's mother, said police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood, but she said she plans to move her family to a safer area.

"The police are doing their jobs. They patrol this area frequently," she said. "But now this happened. I'm moving. I'm going back somewhere. I'm leaving."

Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, disputed the neighbors' contention that crime was on the rise in the Maple Street area. Violent crime is down 45 percent in the area this year, he said, attributing the decline to a community policing effort that started in December.

Octavia Rainey, chairwoman of the North Central Citizens Advisory Council, agrees that community policing is curbing crime.

“Number one, people now trust the police. They have a working relationship with the police,” she said.

“The community has been very influential in our successes there. The police have put a lot of outreach into the community and our overall trend is downward quite a bit,” Raleigh Police Capt. T.L. Earnhardt said.

By mid-afternoon, police had located the dark blue, two-door 1992 Lexus SC400 Sloan was known to drive, but he hadn't been found.

Anyone with information on Sloan's whereabouts is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.


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  • NCAries Jul 9, 2009

    If we, the concerned citizens, confront these types of people and ask them to stop, we most likely end up a victim. cool_rocker999

    If you're only confronting them with your take on how they should live without knowing where they came from or how they got there and no intention of tearing down the societal stumbling blocks that help to keep them in these conditions then don't bother....you probably will end up a statistic. Some people choose crime because that is one way to assure they will survive another day....maybe.

  • NCAries Jul 9, 2009

    Will one of you liberals please explain why there is so much violent crime occurring in this population?

    It may have something to do with the fact that in this non-forgiving world once you commit a crime you are forever penalized. Add to that lack of education, family instability, lack of jobs/job skills, mental illness, drug abuse/use and living in areas concentrated with people with the same problems or worse...

  • workingforthosethatwont Jul 8, 2009

    10am huh? Maybe if they had been at WORK! this would not have happened.

  • cool_rocker999 Jul 8, 2009

    Well said csswisher, I could not agree more. I am sick of what our society is becoming and do not see an end. If we, the concerned citizens, confront these types of people and ask them to stop, we most likely end up a victim. The government has to start instituting some type of control to get this behavior out of our society. I live in a small community that was once made up of hardworking, moral and civilized people and our community was a great place to live and raise your kids but they have died off and now the offspring are taking over and could care less about how it used to be, instead they act like they have no raising and absolutely no respect. What do we do? Do we take the law into our own hands and take care of the problem or do we demand that our government take action and restore what used to be.

  • dugmeister Jul 8, 2009

    golo moderator! Why did you allow Gork to take my name to task but censored mine? can you please email me the DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Jul 8, 2009

    Snitches get stitches....no one will turn him in. Don't you all know the code?

  • working for deadbeats Jul 8, 2009

    If the community did something about it that would mean taking r-e-s-p-o-n-s-i-b-i-l-i-t-y and we all know that isn't going to happen.

  • dugmeister Jul 8, 2009

    isn't it funny how the 'shallow thinkers' can have their 'day made' by a golo comment. How sad is that? A golo comment 'makes their day'. And then, they have to tell eveyrone about it! Whoo hooo!!!! now... "THAT" is truly sad indeed.

  • working for deadbeats Jul 8, 2009

    Why did you take "Bloody Maple" out of the headline?

  • COPs eye Jul 8, 2009

    What is the community doing to help stop the violence...police presence is only a portion of crime control. This area seems to need alot more than increased partrols...