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Two sought after Johnston County store clerk shooting

Posted August 26, 2010

— Two men are sought in connection with the robbery and shooting of a store clerk Wednesday night at the Shop 'N Go, at N.C. Highway 42 and N.C. Highway 222 West, in Stancil’s Chapel, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The men were caught on surveillance video robbing the store just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The first suspect was described as black man, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black or blue bandanna, long white shorts, a lime green shirt and white shoes.

The second suspect was described as a black man, about 5-foot-9, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, blue or black bandanna, black shirt with a possible logo on his left chest and dark jeans.

During the robbery, clerk Herith Alkiefy, 18, was shot, said Tammy Amaon, spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

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Walid Haimed, who was also working at the store, said that Alkiefy handed over money and a box of Newport cigarettes to a gunman. Then, the gunman's mask fell off, Alkiefy moved, and the gunman fired twice, he said.

Witnesses said that Alkiefy was shot in the arm and back. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities are also looking for two vehicles involved in the robbery. The first is an early-1990s model, four-door, gold Nissan Maxima. The second is a late-1990s model, dark green Pontiac Grand Prix with a sunroof and tan interior. The two-door car might have bullet holes in the passenger side.

Two charged in Johnston County convience store shootings Two charged in Johnston County convience store shootings

The suspects are believed to have been involved in a second convenience store robbery that happened 20 minutes later on Wednesday night.

In the robbery of the Shop 'N Go at 13565 N.C. Highway 39, east of Zebulon, 62-year-old Wesley Davis was shot. He was in good condition at WakeMed in Raleigh Thursday.

Amaon said authorities believe the suspects in the first robbery were waiting in the car while Keith Mason, 17, and Kwame Bellamy, 19, went inside and robbed the Zebulon store.

While inside Bellamy was shot during a struggle with the store clerk. Mason wasn’t hurt.

The group took Bellamy to WakeMed Hospital after the robbery, Amaon said. While Mason stayed with Bellamy at the hospital, the other suspects fled.

Mason and Bellamy were arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and three counts of conspiracy in connection with the shooting of Davis. They were placed in the Johnston County jail under separate $500,000 bonds.

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  • aintbackingdwn Aug 27, 2010

    The problem I got is these same characters will go back to the hood and will be embraced, slapped on the back, winked at, hidden, harbered away and helped all supposedly by people like you that claim race isn't an issue and you just want a non-racial society.

  • penelope1 Aug 27, 2010

    Penelope1, I'd appreciate your thoughts and response to my post. And, do you happen to have a mirror handy?

    Thank you in advance, Yeo.

    Yes this is fun and I do have a mirror so should you! No one ever said that these two jerks shouldn't get what's coming to them. But everytime a crime is committed race is always brought into the mix and it shouldn't at least not for me. I don't care if the person is black or white the punishment should be swift and harsh. But on this site we have to hear the song and dance about crack dealers, american gangster and wic recipients all the typical sterotipical mumbo jumbo that most on this site live by; heck I don't want these jokers in my neighborhood either. So stop making everything black against white because we all want the same things and that's to raise our children in a non racial society.
    I guess that's what you want; I could be wrong.

  • ncwiseguy Aug 26, 2010

    like ron white says.........you cant fix stupid!!!

  • UPTOP Aug 26, 2010

    I'm sure justice will be served with no problem on this one !! These fools are as bright as a light bulb !!

  • ncwiseguy Aug 26, 2010

    people, this kind of stuff is the reason why citizens should be armed. we all have access to 911 resources, but the wait time for them to arrive at a crime scene can be the difference between life and death.

    i m not looking for trouble. but if trouble comes my way, i am prepared.

  • puppycreek Aug 26, 2010

    lets not forget the great police work that went in the solving this case so quickly. It is not about race, it is about catching the bad guys.

  • klgl1982 Aug 26, 2010

    @watcher the 1st clerk didnt have a gun. onlyt one of the guys that work at the 42 stoer have a gun and he wasnt there

  • yeojustice Aug 26, 2010

    maybe they'll be wrongly accused because of racial bias - oh, wait a minute - they actually did the crime! Okay, maybe they'll be tried for what they've done, and if proven guilty, get the punishment anyone who did this type of thing should get. Now that's a novel thought, don't you think.

  • kjackson47 Aug 26, 2010

    maybe these 2 guys will scream racial bias to get a lighter sentence

  • eambaker Aug 26, 2010

    Doesn't matter what color the gunmen are. Committing an armed-robbery proves you are a worthless member of society. Try getting an education and WORKING for money instead of stealing it! Of course, for some of todays youth, that is not an option...we have to "respect" them. Since when do I have to "respect" an individual who cannot write their name in cursive, uses only four letter words and has never contributed ANYTHING towards society? Not going to happen!