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One killed, one injured in parking lot shooting at Raleigh Walmart

Posted September 17, 2015
Updated September 18, 2015

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— Raleigh police were continuing to process evidence in Brier Creek on Friday, more than 12 hours after two people were shot in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Officers responding to 10050 Glenwood Ave. at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday found Jerry Eugene Sumpter and Emil Emit Sherwood, both of Durham, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both men were taken to Duke University Hospital, where 39-year-old Sumpter died. Authorities said Sherwood's injuries are not life-threatening.

Detectives have not established a motive for the incident but said Friday that they do not believe it was a random act. Police said that the suspects left the scene in a white Dodge Charger and a silver Honda Accord.

A man who called 911 said that one of the victims had been shot in the back.

"I heard gunshots at the back of the building. There were a couple of cars that sped off," said the caller.

A large section of the parking lot was blocked off overnight and early Friday as investigators looked for evidence. The bulk of the parking lot was reopened by 10:30 a.m., but three damaged cars were still in the parking lot.

It's unclear how the cars were damaged.

Many Walmart customers remained curious and unsettled about the incident on Friday afternoon.

"It's supposed to be a nice place to come around shopping and you see all these cars that got banged up," said customer Niki Clark.

"I'm surprised," said customer Barbara Darbee. "I come here all the time, everyone is very nice."

Brier Creek business owner Ryan Steward isn't surprised, however. After a body was found in Walmart's parking lot earlier this year, he's become disillusioned with the location of his cell phone repair shop.

"I don't like to see or hear of anybody being shot and killed, especially so close to the business," said Steward.

Steward wants to stay in the Brier Creek shopping center but has plans to cross over to the other side of Glenwood Ave.

"I think it's generally pretty safe," said Steward. "I think I'd go to the other side, away from Walmart."

Anyone with information should call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Sep 19, 2015
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    I'm going to agree, what does the color of the victims or suspects have to do with anything? Was there evidence it was a hate crime?

  • Derril Salter Sep 19, 2015
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    Likely a drug deal gone bad and Wal Mart was the rendezvous point. It could happen anywhere.

  • Peter Goswick Sep 18, 2015
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    Amen...Raleigh has a lot of crime too.

  • Nick McBride Sep 18, 2015
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    As I pointed out already, the victims were from Durham, but it didn't say where the shooters were from. If we're all making assumptions, it seems like it's unsafe for people to visit Raleigh.

  • Nick McBride Sep 18, 2015
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    From reading this story, the victims were from Durham. No word yet on where the shooters were from. Don't worry, we'll keep our wonderful culture right here in Durham.

  • Leslie Blair Sep 18, 2015
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    I love how all people hear is "Durham" and it's automatically two black guys. I don't care if they are black, white, or purple, just that people are so fast to judge. As for the crime spilling over, Raleigh has plenty of its own crime. Durham has come a long way to become a better community, but will never seem to get out of the shadow of its past reputation due to people that never see past a stereotype.

  • Ian Back Sep 18, 2015
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    The #blacklivesmatter group advocates for justice on behalf of African-Americans who are slain needlessly by law enforcement. "Needlessly" being the key word in that unfortunately there are times when lethal force is required.

    Are you saying that a law enforcement office shot these two individuals? Is that why the Raleigh PD should be prepared for protests?

    Hope that I was helpful!

  • Phillip Boyd Sep 18, 2015
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    This is very disheartening. This is so close to our neighborhood and lately we have had more crime occurring in our neighborhood. It bothers me that it seems that Durham crime is now encroaching into our community. I hope that people will become more vigilant and be mindful of their surroundings.

  • Sean Creasy Sep 18, 2015
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    Seems ,to me at least, like every year more and more of the "wonderful" culture in Durham is spilling over more and more into Raleigh...