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Shooting at Raleigh apartment worries student residents

Posted May 12, 2011
Updated May 13, 2011

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— Wolf Creek Apartments in west Raleigh caters to college students, especially those who attend nearby North Carolina State University. But after a home invasion at an apartment there Thursday afternoon, some were worried about how safe the community really is.

Police said three people broke into 307-208 Wolf Green Drive in an attempt to rob Jerrell Antonio Goings. Goings, 20, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in his leg.

Police arrested Chonsy Terrell Jones, 24, of Holly Springs, Kenneth Kadem Smith, 23, of Raleigh, and Bonnie Lynn Jones, 25, of Raleigh.

"I think it is scary because we spend a lot of time over here," said Deanna Vedock. "You expect it to be all safe and something happens." Home invasion worries Raleigh neighbors Home invasion worries Raleigh neighbors

Whitley Morrison, a student at NC State, was just moving in when she heard about the shooting. "I am a little bit uneasy about this," she said. "I really am, seriously."

Managers of Wolf Creek did not return calls for comment Thursday evening.

Police said they think the suspects knew Goings and the attack was not random. The residents of the apartment – Najee Christian Gillespie and Neeko Ceasare Gillespie, both 22, were charged Friday with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling marijuana.

Chonsy Jones and Smith face four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and and conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, firing a weapon inside an occupied dwelling, assault and second-degree kidnapping. Bonnie Jones faces four counts each of armed robbery and conspiracy.

Bonnie Jones was convicted in 2008 of attempted obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, according to state Department of Correction records. She served four months in jail after her probation was revoked.

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  • ccs1920 May 13, 2011

    cat/ Here is what I do if I am interested in moving to a certain apartment complex. I observe the parking lot for three or four hours during the late afternoon. When you leave you'll know if you're still interested.

  • BigOlPossum May 13, 2011

    I'll bet her family is awful proud of the company she is keeping.

  • superman May 13, 2011

    No matter where you live--this can and will happen. As long as people can walk, crawl or ride there is apt to be crime. Guess what -- assults and crime happen in prison and jails too! So you are not completely safe anywhere.

  • NCSU2311 May 13, 2011

    You can legally break your lease now that this has happened. If you feel unsafe and an incident has occured you can move with no penalty. Quit crying. You should have done your research before moving in!!!

  • ambidextrous cat May 13, 2011

    I'm going to be a grad student at State in the fall. I'm still trying to find a safe and affordable place to live close to State. Is there anywhere left where people don't break in or carry guns? It seems to be a huge problem! Where I currently live there are zero home invasions- it's in a 1/2 black and 1/2 white lower-middle class neighbourhood. I feel bad for students that have no choice but to live in dangerous areas. I would have better luck staying with my family than renting an apartment and getting robbed. If anyone has any idea where to live near State that isn't a ghetto, please comment on my userpage! I can't afford 1k a month for a studio apartment! Why do these animals have to live near students!

  • beachboater May 13, 2011

    Home invasion scares me more than anything in the world. I have a gun, but keep it up high in a closet because of children. You can't carry a gun with you every second.

    What do you do?

    As the kids get older, the gun will be kept in a more readily available location. It's really bad that this has become such a common occurance.

  • fzero May 13, 2011

    Wow. I remember how nice that place was when it first opened. What happened?

  • AtALost May 13, 2011

    So much crime in Raleigh. Glad I don't live there anymore.

  • Mommy1st May 13, 2011

    I used to live there a few years ago. When I was there cars were randomly being broken into one week and the complex was telling us that it was likely students playing around. I took it quite seriously seeing as though no one broke into my car, but decided it would be fun to slash all four of my tires. I had just moved in at that time, have no enemies, didn't know anyone there, none of my friends knew yet where I was living at the time. Management didn't want to do a thing to help those people. It's a lovely complex, don't get me wrong, but the people who hang out there- not always so lovely. lol.

  • frankbad15 May 13, 2011

    I am sick of hearing about people breaking into other peoples homes... To me these robbers should be locked up for the rest of there lifes. You should feel safe in your home. I think its time for me to get a hand held alarm system, if you know what I mean.

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