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Raleigh shooting kills 18-year-old

Posted May 26, 2009

— Raleigh police are investigating a shooting that left an 18-year-old man dead Monday night.

Shortly before midnight, officers on foot patrol heard gunfire and went in the direction of the sounds. Callers helped them pinpoint the location of the shooting at a house at 500 Haywood St.

There, officers found Rodriquez D’Shay Burrell, who had been shot several times. Emergency crews took him to WakeMed, where he died shortly thereafter, police said.

Burrell was visiting someone at the house when he was shot, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIME. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and the organization pays cash rewards for tips that help to solve cases.


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  • ncwebguy Jun 4, 2009

    I live near there, but don't go down the 500 block of Haywood because it is narrow and one way going north, which is of no use to me. Yet I'm "responsible" for this? Really? Please tell me what else I am responsible for.

    Raleigh police is patrolling on foot because their cruisers are spotted several blocks before getting to a point of interest. There is a substation on Haywood at the Martin Street corner. But even that isn't deterring criminals.

    Neighborhood "leaders" have fought tooth and nail to "protect" property owners' rights to keep their houses in horrible shape or boarded up. And wanted to keep crime complaints out of PROP. These two efforts led to creating an area where no law abiding citizens want to live. The house on the NE Cabarrus/Haywood corner has been for sale for a while, and now a while longer.

    Google streetview shows a lot of people "hanging out" there.

    It is sad that all the praying after the Camden Street murder did not stop this from happening

  • ralcollegepark May 26, 2009

    It is too bad that the neighbors did not report this house enough to get the tenants that live there evicted with Raleigh's PROP (they only need 4 complaints in a 2 year period)they have had trash in the yard for years if they were in Thomas Crowder's district he would have called them in himself why didn't Dr. West do that? That alone would have been one less problem house for the street. That might have been the wake up call this boy needed to see that there was no good going on at this house and with the people who live there and he could have steered clear. Everyone in the neighborhood had a role in this shooting even if all they ever did was keep walking or driving by when they saw suspicious behavior. Neighbors stop turning a blind eye to illegal behavior the number to call is 911 call often and call for everything call your neighbors and remind them to call. Don't make it easy for the drug dealers, gang members and prostitutes to corrupt your children and grandchildren.

  • bronzegoddess40 May 26, 2009

    Professor= I did not mean any harm, but I did speak with this young man's relatives that said the same thing. He was visiting his dad and was shot. He did say that the young man was at the wrong place at the wrong time and it happen to cause his death. I agree, everything and everybody is not involved in a gang just because it happens in Southeast Raleigh and yes it could have happened anywhere and yes crime is everywhere as well. And I did think before I commented for your information, because that was my comment.

  • Professor May 26, 2009

    Raleigh wouldn't be able to be one of the best cities to live

    Then why continue living there. Remember: Crime is in every city, town, country, state, county. Please tell us all where is there a safe place to live with no worry about any kind of crime?

  • Professor May 26, 2009

    Wrong place + Wrong time = Death.

    Not a true comment. Think before you type your comment. Thanks, We all will appreciate it. Crime is everywhere. A person should be able to go any where without having to worry about crime. You be safe.

  • Professor May 26, 2009

    Wanna know why all this will continue? Because the mayor, and all the local politicans absolutly refuse to admit we have a gang problem.

    Oh I see you are playing the blame game. What part do you fit in? Of course you are probably the kind that never made a mistake of error in your life time. You have a lot to learn, yet.

  • buckos18 May 26, 2009

    He wasn't in the wrong place at the wrong time. That would be the case if I got lost while driving and ended up in the 500 block of Haywood St. He knew exactly where he was and was probably hanging out at that same location every day.

  • Professor May 26, 2009

    admit we have a gang problem

    Really!!. Every time someone is shot and killed do not mean it is gang related. As long as one thinks it is gang-related the problems of crime will never be solved. Of course if parents would raise their children in the right way, then crime would not be so popular in the young people's world.

  • SouthernLady05 May 26, 2009

    Wanna know why all this will continue? Because the mayor, and all the local politicans absolutly refuse to admit we have a gang problem. WHY? Because then, Raleigh wouldn't be able to be one of the best cities to live (See main page, Kiplingers Best Cities to live article). This will continue until it becomes to rampant to ignore.

  • bronzegoddess40 May 26, 2009

    Wrong place + Wrong time = Death.