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26-year-old man shot, killed in Raleigh; police charge suspect with murder

Posted June 15
Updated June 16

— A 21-year-old man was charged with murder after another man was shot and killed Thursday at a Raleigh apartment complex.

Raleigh police responded just before 4 p.m. on Thursday to a shooting in the 1800 block Cantwell Court near Raleigh Boulevard. Police on Friday said Floyd Lewright Smith Jr., 26, died in the shooting.

Derrick Lamont Jones was charged with murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection to the incident. He was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Another person was taken to WakeMed to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The second person's name was not released.

Witnesses said there were two separate crime scenes.

Derrick Lamont Jones

Raleigh police respond to shooting on Cantwell Court

The shooting occurred near Moesha Bland's backdoor.

"I was laying on the couch, and I heard some gunshots," she said.

Bland says after the shots, she went outside and saw a car crashing into a tree. She immediately went to the car to try to help the shooting victim.

"When I tried to grab him out the car, his body just locked up, and his head came up, and I saw the gunshot to the head and police started coming from everywhere," she said.

The other shooting scene happened about 50 yards away near David Wright's apartment.

"Basically he was down here on the ground, and he told somebody to call the cops," Wright said.

"The reason why I came out was because somebody drove by and told me to take the kids inside and somebody was shooting."

Police believe both shootings are connected but have not released a motive.


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  • Lyric Etihw Jun 16, 9:57 a.m.
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    Sad situation but im very happy the media chose to report a crime outside of Durham for a change.

  • Jacqueline Cofield Jun 16, 8:56 a.m.
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    How do you know the witness had the day off or work 1st shift or 3rd shift? Your comment was ignorant and baseless.

  • Sean Creasy Jun 16, 7:11 a.m.
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    Not another shooting in that high crime area around Raleigh Blvd.!!! Tell me it ain't so!!

  • Pete Knowles Jun 16, 6:19 a.m.
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    Haley Sessoms, you have no idea of what the witnesses life is. She obviously had kids to take care of and your attempt at labeling this woman is bigoted and childish.

  • Mike Pittman Jun 15, 10:30 p.m.
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    I sure wish all those gun totin' Republican NRA nuts would stop killing people.

  • Haley Sessoms Jun 15, 10:12 p.m.
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    A witness stated she was laying on the couch and heard the gunshots. The shooting was at 3:50 pm. I'm sure she works night shift and was just getting ready to go to work

  • Travis Perry Jun 15, 6:57 p.m.
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    When are people going to realize that the only way to stop a shooting incident is to... (wait for it!!!)... use a gun???

    It's not rocket science people. For every crazy person with a gun their are at leest 10 gunowners who are responsible to stop this violence. smdh