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Raleigh man charged in pizzeria owner's death

Posted May 20, 2011
Updated May 23, 2011

— Raleigh police arrested a 43-year-old man Friday and charged him with murder in the Thursday night shooting death of a pizzeria owner.

Police arrested William Damieon Edwards at his home, 7308 Great Laurel Drive.  He is accused of shooting NY Style Pizza owner Jay Waheed Ammeri, 36, inside the restaurant at 7440 Louisburg Road. 

Authorities say customers and employees were inside the store when the shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. 

Sam Sharif, a long-time friend of Ammeri and his family, said his father, wife and children saw the shooting happen.

“A person walked in (and) said, ‘Who is the owner?’ (and) boom, shot him right in the chest,” Sharif said.

Emergency crews took Ammeri to WakeMed Hospital, where he died.

Police said the two men knew each other, but did not elaborate further on their relationship. They did note that Edwards was not a former employee.

Additional suspects are not being sought in the shooting. 

Shooting reported at north Raleigh shopping strip Man charged in pizzeria owner's death

Edwards had two convictions in 2006 for discharging a firearm into property, according to state Department of Correction records.

Homicide investigators were still inside the restaurant early Friday. They also spent 10 to 20 minutes gathering clues inside Nail USA, which is three doors down from NY Style Pizza.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

The Ammeri family has put up a sign saying the restaurant is closed for now.

Kevin Armour said he saw Ammeri, who he knew as “Lucky,” nearly every day.

“If I am not buying pizza, I stop to say hi to him,” Armour said.

Armour said he just recently bought Ammeri clothing for his newborn child.


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  • a11440 May 23, 2011

    Jay was a very good and hard working man. His body shop fixed my car and they went out of their way to make it right. He had a warm and friendly personality. When my baby was born I took her to his restaurant for Jay to see since our babies are close in age. People liked Jay. This could have been avoided if justice had been served to the killer when he first started committing crimes. What is wrong with out judicial system! I hope people will be very supportive to Jay's family. They need some good helpful people in their lives to help them move forward.

  • sgebs May 20, 2011

    If you knew Jay, you wouldn't make these ridiculous comments. Jay was a friend, a good man to all his family, his father was his best friend. I helped Jay in his businesses, he bent over backwards to make his customers satisfied. The Pizza shop was started to employ family members at a cost to him, he had other businesses. As I said he took care of his family, his father, his sisters and friends alike. In his culture family was everything. Jay worked to bring his family to America, he wanted more for them and everyone close to him. If you were his friend you were his family is his eyes. Any time I went to his house just to get papers signed his wife would bring out all kinds of foods and try to get me to eat, they always tried to give dinner no matter what. His wife and his kids were always kind and welcoming, Jay succeeded in having a great family. Jay worked hard for everything he had but gave freely to family and friends and protected them to the end. You will be missed Scott

  • mjlt3 May 20, 2011

    truly a ticking time bomb! why wasn't he locked up and the key thrown away?????????????

  • Bartmeister May 20, 2011

    Sounds premeditated to me. Maybe that carries the death penalty. Ought to if it doesn't.

  • DeannaU May 20, 2011

    @ fromageball= Yes they were. His wife and children where there. They have to live with seeing their dad get killed for the rest of their lives.

  • rroutput May 20, 2011

    discowhale -- I really hope what you typed is a thinly veiled argument in favor of tighter gun control, because if not it is hilarious. A guy with a grudge killed another guy. More crossfire generated by people trying to "protect themselves" would make the place more dangerous, not safer, particularly if mixed with alcohol.

  • fromageball May 20, 2011

    @DeannaU - Wow that's terrible...were the kids really there?

  • shortcake53 May 20, 2011

    My heart breaks for Jay's family. Wish I could embrace them and let them know they are cared for. I pray someone has the conviction to finally take this man out of society before he takes someone elses life. Enough.

  • DeannaU May 20, 2011

    Come out to show your communal support for the family of Jay Waheed Ammeri who was senselessly killed in his business IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN. Bring your family and friends and tell everyone you know. WE HAVE TO STOP THIS KILLING!! This Sunday meet me at 7440 Louisburg Road in front of NY Style Pizza (Near the Food Lion) at 3:00pm. SHOW THE FAMILY YOU CARE!

  • discowhale May 20, 2011

    OK, here's a PERFECT example of why they need to allow CCH in places that sell alcohol. I don't know if this place did, but most sit down pizza places sell beer.

    Every patron there was at risk, because they aren't allowed to defend themselves from nuts like this shooter.

    I hope the family gets through this quickly, prayers said.