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Two shootings reported off Capital Boulevard in Raleigh

Posted January 1, 2010

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— Raleigh police were investigating two separate shootings that happened early Friday off Capital Boulevard.

The first shooting happened at about 3 a.m. outside the Hilton Garden Inn, 6412 Capital Blvd., near Interstate 540. A group of people going into the hotel got into an argument with another group that was leaving, and someone pulled out a gun and began firing, said Sgt. Mike Bruce of the Raleigh Police Department.

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"I was sleeping. It was in the middle of the night. I wasn't sure what was going on. I did hear some bangs and thought maybe someone is celebrating very late," hotel customer Carolyn Hunt said.

Jeffrey Laquan Whitley, 29, was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at WakeMed. James Louis Boone, 18,  and Kenneth Houston Boone, 19, were treated at WakeMed and released.

Investigators interviewed everyone coming to and going from the hotel Friday morning.

Hotel customer Dashon Crudup said police searched his car and said he couldn't go back inside the hotel.

"We just heard gunshots and loud girls screaming. I didn't know what was happening. My (friend) said he thought he heard it ricochet off the window," Crudup said.

Hunt, who is staying at the Hilton Garden Inn while she has repairs done to her home, said she was surprised that a shooting would occur at the hotel.

"It's new. It's a wonderful on the inside and everything. The staff is wonderful," she said. "I'm really totally surprised."

Hotel managers declined to comment.

About an hour after the Hilton Garden Inn shooting, a second shooting occurred at a Waffle House, at 2624 Westinghouse Blvd., near Interstate 440.

Two people got into a fight inside the diner, and one person shot the other in the leg, police said.

Demario Adaris Richardson, 26, was treated at WakeMed and released.

No arrests have been made in either case.


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 1, 2010

    Hey, don't be hatin' on Waffle House. That place rocks. Best breakfast anywhere, if you like good greasy food like I do.

    balog, give it a break. Are you seriously trying to state crime statistics to prove Raleigh is as bad as Durham? LOL. I don't have the statistics. But I know the approx population of Raleigh versus Durham. On a per capita basis, I don't believe your argument stands up.

  • jackieflash42 Jan 1, 2010

    Yep, Capitol Blvd just isn't what it used to be. But I agree with the other posters...since a "certain group" has taken over that area along with the mall and the neighbor..hoods, all you hear now is random gunfire, certain kinds of music, and certain groups roaming the streets.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jan 1, 2010

    "certain group moving in", "a certain demographic group to assemble after that group's club's close". LOL

  • chfdcpt Jan 1, 2010

    A shooting in an Awful House? Say it ain't so!!!

    Funny part is that for the last 2 years, the only city with a higher rate of crime is Charlotte due to it's size.

  • They call me CATMAN Jan 1, 2010

    What is it with Waffle Houses When I lived in Rocky Mount there was a shooting at the Waffle House. If Memory serves me correctly there was a shooting at the Waffle house in Knightdale.

  • drjones74 Jan 1, 2010

    Capital Blvd and New Bern have been terrible for the last 15 years. Thug central. Its why there is nothing but gas stations and used car dealers...no other business really stands a chance.

  • shawna Jan 1, 2010

    Capital Blvd has gone downhill over the years thanks to a certain group moving in. Used to be the nice part of town.

  • wheelercb59 Jan 1, 2010

    everytime i go bye the waffle house i duck my head

  • PC is for Losers Jan 1, 2010

    Not sure what "appauled" is GETOUT, but I'm appalled you are insinuating crime does not occur in Raleigh, or at least is not reported in the local news. It does occur and gets reported, just not at the rate crime occurs in other areas such as Durham. Listen more - talk less.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 1, 2010

    That's right, oldcorp. It won't be the last either.