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Raleigh newspaper carrier 'in shock' after being shot at on route

Posted January 12

— A veteran newspaper carrier was approached by four men and shot at while he was completing his route on Durant Road on Tuesday morning.

The man, who did not want to be identified, said he was approached by a car carrying four men near the train tracks when someone got out of the car and started shooting at him.

In a 911 call, the man can be heard telling the dispatcher that the shots were fired from a small blue car being driven by a man in a white hoodie. He said he wasn't sure why the shots had been fired, but speculated that perhaps the driver of the blue car was upset over the fact that their car was on the icy part of the road while the car belonging to the newspaper carrier was on a cleared portion of road.

The man's wife said there were multiple bullet holes in his car.

"He put the car in reverse and bullets just started coming at the windshield," she said. "It hit his tire, it hit the front bumper. So, he got out of there pretty fast."

Both the newspaper carrier and his wife say they are in shock.

"We were shocked. It's shocking. He's still in shock right now," she said.

Another incident with a similar suspect description was reported on Thornton Commons Drive and Meryton Park Way the same morning, police said. In that case, police said a suspect pointed a gun at the carrier's car but didn't shoot. In a 911 call, the driver said that four people jumped out of a small, four-door black car and pointed the gun.

Investigators believe the carriers were specifically targeted.

"He's been doing this for 20 plus years. This never happens," his wife said.

Police and the victims are urging other newspaper carriers to take precautions.

"Be cafe, be safe, be aware of your surroundings," she said.

Both carriers work for the News and Observer. A spokesperson for the newspaper said they are "reaching out to all of the carriers urging them to be alert and cautious."

The spokesperson said the carriers to not handle cash.

No arrests have been made.


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  • Thom Stark Jan 13, 2017
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    That part of Durant road is in a nice area. Barbarianism is common place and everywhere now. Ed if you do have a CCP, and would have used your weapon, you would be the one in jail not the miscreants, if you did the right thing and stuck around. The Wake County DA's office is very Democrat, and politically motivated. You have been warned. Best course of action would have been to shoot them and leave if you had a CCP and a rifle.

  • Ed Smail Jan 13, 2017
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    This is why you should have your CCP and carry a weapon.

  • John Townsend Jan 13, 2017
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    I was skeptical while reading the story but that is dependent on wealth there are really bullet holes in the car that can be verified by police. Physical evidence helps. Strange though, people don't usually shoot at a car for no reason.

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Jan 12, 2017
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    Something makes me think maybe not, as today is Thursday and the police were JUST at the tracks today. So that would mean that the guy just called today. Not sure if I believe him. Also, I live less than 1/4 mile from the spot and I heard nothing...and I hear everything.

  • Stacie Hagwood Jan 12, 2017
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    Jenny....it means drink lots of morning coffee, really early, so you can be alert to danger. :)

  • Grant Sherman Jan 12, 2017
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    Maybe those people can't get the N&O to stop throwing those Wednesday north raleigh news things on there driveway. I know I have called multiple times and they still keep coming.

  • Jenny Miller Jan 12, 2017
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    WRAL--please proof read---What is Be café, be safe, be aware of surroundings