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Second teen charged with murder in Raleigh McDonald's shooting

Posted July 6
Updated July 7

— A second teen was arrested Thursday night in connection with a fatal July 4 shooting at a downtown Raleigh McDonald's.

Curtis Hart Rainey, 18, was charged with murder in the death of Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister.

Rainey was being held at the Wake County Detention Center on Thursday night.

Curtis Hart Rainey

Kenneth Edward Watts, 16, was previously charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting.

Watts, during his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, was denied bond.

Kenneth Edward Watts

According to authorities, Watts shot Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister at about 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday at a McDonald's near the downtown Raleigh fireworks show. McAllister was taken to WakeMed, where he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

It's unclear if the people involved attended the show. Security at the event was a mix of on- and off-duty police officers. The fireworks had ended about a half hour before the incident was reported.

Witnesses said a confrontation between a group of teenagers in the McDonald's parking lot turned tense and then got violent.

People in the area at the time of the shooting said it was difficult to discern the gunshots, which some mistook for fireworks.

Watts briefly attended Athens Drive High School, but was not currently a student.

He is due back in court later this month.


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  • Jerry Powell Jul 6, 9:06 p.m.
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    You have it backwards. At 16 he is now considered an adult for the justice system. If you feel that he should be tried as a juvenile, then the law needs to be changed, but even at 14, he can be tried as an adult for murder.

  • Benjamin Kite Jul 6, 8:50 p.m.
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    Not an adult. 16 means child. If you don't like it, then change the law. Until then, try him as a juvenile.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jul 6, 6:22 p.m.
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    Good! No Bond, No Trial, just feed him for the rest of his life.