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Three injured in Raleigh shooting; suspect sought

Posted January 9, 2014
Updated January 10, 2014

— Raleigh police say three people were shot Thursday afternoon in southeast Raleigh, prompting three area schools to temporarily go on lockdown.

Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said officers responded around 2:20 p.m. to the area of Coleman and Tipton streets and that the three victims were found at various locations within a few blocks from there.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Sughrue said.

Investigators are looking for a man they described as in his late teens to early 20s, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 185 pounds.

Police said he was wearing a white jacket with black writing or graphics on it, and he was last seen on foot headed toward Rock Quarry Road.

It's not immediately clear where the shooting happened, but residents who live in the area said it appeared the victims ran after being shot.

One stumbled nearby to the Helping Hand Mission, at 623 Rock Quarry Road, where employees there described him as bleeding from the legs. Another was picked up on nearby Cumberland Street, a neighbor there said.

"I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," said Sylvia Wiggins, who operates the Helping Hand Mission. "I tell you what, it was a bloody scene."

The shooting happened shortly before Helen Montague Checked on her family's rental property nearby.

"It's actually a nice neighborhood," she said. "It's just that people come from other places and do what they do and then leave."

Wiggins said the area needs more vigilance from police.

"This side of Raleigh, southeast, right in this little hub, needs more attention," she said.

Police haven't said if the shooter and the victims knew one another nor have they commented on a possible motive.

Ligon Middle School, Hunter Elementary School and Carnage Middle School were placed on a lockdown as a precaution, the school system said. It was lifted around 3:15 p.m.


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  • dwr1964 Jan 10, 2014

    Again....how will taking guns from law abiding citizens, help curb this kind of crime, perpatrared by illegally being in possession of a firearm?

  • nonPC Jan 10, 2014

    That is not a nice part of town

  • farm Jan 10, 2014

    I'm glad I'm 5'11- 180 or I might be confused for the suspect...

  • Phyxius1 Jan 9, 2014

    Raleigh sure is hitting the headlines fast so far this yr with the shootings. I think Raleigh was the first over Durham for a murder this yr also. More senseless crimes over stupid reasons. Hope they catch the guy and put him away for a long time

  • Kingfish Jan 9, 2014

    The police really go overboard with their descriptions. Be on the lookout for a young man! That narrows it down to about 80 or 90 million people. Good luck getting the public to call this one in to help you!

  • croaswife Jan 9, 2014

    LYTEOFLYFE - Ligon is a middle school, not a high school. They dismiss at 2:20 which is the exact time the police were reposponding. My children were just starting to board the bus and were rushed back into the school for the lockdown.

  • mafiamic Jan 9, 2014

    Investigators are looking for a man whom they describe as being in his late teens to early 20s, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 185 pounds.

    I know who that is,see him all the time.

  • tsquaring Jan 9, 2014

    "Investigators are looking for a man whom they describe as being in his late teens to early 20s, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing about 185 pounds."

    Hair color, eye color, skin color or ethnicity?
    Do you really want to catch him?

  • xylem01 Jan 9, 2014

    In Raleigh you say?

  • NCSU 1982 Jan 9, 2014

    isn't it funny how when they say the race of the person sought people cry "profiling" but when the race of the suspect is not listed in the story don't you think it makes it harder to pick the guy out?