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Home invasion victim, suspect shot during scuffle

Posted November 4, 2009
Updated November 5, 2009

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— A 21-year-old convicted felon invaded a Raleigh couple's home and shot the husband and himself during a scuffle Tuesday night, police said.

Christopher Lee Leach, who also uses the last name McNeil, knocked on the couple's door at 1221 University Court, off Avent Ferry Drive, around 9:30 p.m., police said.

He was wearing a ski mask and holding a gun when David Trammell, 28, opened the door, police said. Trammell said he and his wife had just returned home and locked the door before they heard a knock.

Trammell and Leach wrestled, causing Leach's ski mask to come off and the gun to discharge, hitting Trammell in the left shoulder and Leach in the leg, police said. Trammell's wife was not injured.

Trammell told police that he recognized Leach as the boyfriend of a woman who lives in their apartment suite. Each apartment has four suites and one living room.

Trammell was taken to WakeMed. Leach also showed up at the hospital for treatment, and WakeMed officials called police. Both men had non-life-threatening injuries. Leach was released from the hospital on Thursday and was being held under a $200,000 bond at Wake County jail Thursday evening.

Authorities charged Leach with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. 


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  • Common Sense Man Nov 4, 2009

    What's a dreadlot?

  • WRALSUCKS Nov 4, 2009

    "And what does the NAACP need to step in for? "

    To blame someone else for the reason this poor, misunderstood perp did what he did.

  • lorivalentine1 Nov 4, 2009

    I am all for the Castle Doctrine. It's about time law abiding citizens can defend their own without repercussion from criminals or thier oh so caring families.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 4, 2009

    So different races only look after their own? Help me understand what you are saying.

  • Riddickfield Nov 4, 2009

    Say, here is something the NAACP can work on, preventing 21 year old black men from turning into career criminals that society has to deal with. Busing didn't seem to help this guy, now that they have failed on forcing that on the rest of us, maybe they can concentrate on keeping their own out of jail.

  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    They only care when they find themselves facing prison. Of course that don't change their attitude or character.

  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    Wildcat- The point is, they dont care.
    Tired of thoughtlessness

    You are right on that. Another thing, I wish the courts before they take the criminals to prison make it mandatory to get a clean hair cut. Then they cannot walk around prison thinking they are bad. A clean hair-cut is really needed here and no dreadlots.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 4, 2009

    The point is, they dont care.

  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    Do these young people realize that someone could be in the house with a weapon? I don't think they are thinking at all.

  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    I continue to wonder do these young people realize the consequences of breaking into someone's home and know that they could lose their life?