Raleigh teen shot to death during Craigslist buy
Posted October 28, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
Durham, N.C. — An 18-year-old Durham man has been charged in connection with a fatal attempted robbery that happened Tuesday night on Pebblestone Drive in Durham, police said.
According to investigators, Jarrion Hood shot Jawad Ali Razai at about 7:30 p.m. after Razai went to the area to purchase a phone he found on Craigslist. Police said they believe Hood tried to rob Razai.
Razai, 18, of Raleigh, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. Hood also suffered a gunshot wound during the attempted robbery, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Authorities said Wednesday that Hood's injury was self-inflicted and that one gun was recovered from the scene.
Hood was treated, released and charged with murder in the incident. He was being held in the Durham County jail Wednesday without bond.
Officials with the Wake County Public School System said Razai graduated from Leesville High School in June.
Sereka Davis lives in Pebblestone and heard emergency vehicles responding to the shooting. She said a a fire would have been easier to accept than what really brought police to neighborhood.
“We've been here almost nine years and it's pretty quiet,” she said.
Police haven’t said whether Hood lives in the neighborhood. Several neighbors said they didn’t recognize either of the men.
Neighbors also pointed out that the homicide follows a rash of car break-ins in their community.
“People walking up to other people's cars, trying to get in their cars and stuff,” resident Robert Flagler said.
He said he won't let won't let the recent crimes change the way he lives, but he will be more alert.
“It's scary though. It really is scary,” Flagler said.
Durham police said over the past few years there have been other Craigslist robberies or attempted robberies. Their advice: Always meet during the day and in a well-populated place like a mall or even a police station.
Anyone with more information about the shooting should call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.
Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.