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Phone sale gone wrong leads to gunfire on Raleigh's Western Blvd.

Posted June 26, 2015

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— A man hoping to buy cell phones came away instead with a gunshot wound after an encounter Friday morning outside a Wendy's on Raleigh's Western Boulevard.

Raleigh police said Ali Salam, 38, was met by two men, one of whom showed a gun. The men struggled, and the gun went off. A bullet grazed the side of Salam's head.

“He’s bleeding a little bit,” the person who called 911 told dispatchers.

He described the car his attackers were in as a 2000s model gray Honda Accord last seen traveling on Carlton Avenue.


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  • Kenneth Brewer Jun 27, 2015
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    Because the liberal media has bought into Eric Holder's notion that by reporting specific skin color of suspects, they add to negative stereotypes of a race or ethnicity. Nevermind the public's need to identify people who shoot up a Wendy's parking lot in the middle of the day, right next to NC State University. The concern for the public's general perception of a race over time overrides the specific concern of the public's need for safety right now, with dangerous lunatics running around the neighborhood.

  • Kenneth Brewer Jun 27, 2015
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    I'm sure RPD started looking for car and suspects at the Kentwood Project across the street. Not saying they live and/or loiter there but if they fled down Carlton, it's a good bet.

  • Mike Pittman Jun 26, 2015
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    Why not a description of the suspects?

  • Pat Everett Jun 26, 2015
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    Geez.....give WRAL a break. For the seller, it was a "phone sale gone bad". I seriously doubt he went to Wendy's parking lot planning to be robbed. Let's be thankful the bullet only grazed the victim!

  • Scott Thomas Jun 26, 2015
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    "Phone sale gone bad..."
    Really, doesn't really sound like there was going to be a phone sale at all. Sounds like a planned robbery. Come on WRAL, get a better headline.