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Two arrested after downtown Cary shootout

Posted September 18, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014

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— Scared for his life, a man ran into the Cary Town Hall Campus Thursday afternoon, desperate for help.

“He said somebody outside had a gun and was trying to shoot at him," said a woman inside, according to a recording of the 911 call. "He’s scared. He's hiding in the hallway."

The man ran onto the campus after what police said was a chase between a 2009 black Infiniti and a 1994 gray Honda Civic.

According to multiple 911 callers, someone in the Infiniti was shooting at the Honda as the vehicles raced through downtown Cary.

“The passenger was out of the sunroof aiming a gun and pointing at the first car,” said one caller, who said she slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the Honda at West Park and Academy streets.

Another caller also had a close call.

"I almost got hit with the bullets," he said.

Cary police received reports of gunfire between the two vehicles on Park Street in downtown Cary at about 2:30 p.m. Both vehicles ended up in front of the police department, located at the campus, where the driver of the Honda ran into a building.

The driver told a 911 operator he didn't know who was chasing him.

"They had handguns," he said. "They pointed one, one was on top, it was an Infiniti Q357."

Five people were taken into police custody. Four were in the Infiniti, where police said they found a gun.

Chase Austin McKinley, 18, of Horizon Lane in Raleigh, and Nicholas Scott Jenkins, 21, of Sawyer Drive in Raleigh, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and attempted first-degree murder. Both were held at the Wake County jail Thursday night. Their first court appearance is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Jenkins is on probation for larceny and breaking and entering convictions in 2013 and has a December court date for violating a domestic violence protective order.

No injuries were reported in the chase. The town hall campus was on lockdown for about 10 minutes.

“At this point, we believe the incident is related to a drug deal,” Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said in a statement.

A number of Cary officers were at a meeting inside police headquarters when they heard police scanner activity related to the incident and realized it was right outside their building, Cary police Capt. Don Hamilton said.

Hamilton said police were looking for shell casings and bullet holes to confirm the shooting reports but believes at least one shot was fired.

"It puts a lot of people at risk," he said. "It's very dangerous. That is why we hope to get to the bottom of it and charge the people appropriately."

Two elementary schools were also briefly placed on a precautionary lockdown.

Lisa Luten, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System, said the lockdowns at Northwoods Elementary School and Kingswood Elementary School were lifted about 15 minutes after the incident was reported.


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  • Angie Cox Sep 22, 2014
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    it's normal to live with your parents at 18 duh!

  • Grand Union Sep 19, 2014

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    Agree with? Which interpretation do you want us to agree with?....personally I'll go with SCOTUS who have always ruled that regulation in just fine....

    And the gibberish about "control" is just plain silly......all the other Western democracies are just as free as here, without letting every nut, criminal and inadequate have a gun. And what on earth makes you think anyone thinks you worth controlling!

  • Grand Union Sep 19, 2014

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    Where do you get such nonsense from? One could reasonably argue that the US only became a democracy in the 1960s so we have a couple of hundred years left :)
    The Roman republic lasted almost 500 years.........and it was destroyed by civil war between wealthy families, not by what the common people wanted........the English and Scots and then the British have had a democracy since long before the US even existed and are still going strong....
    And in case you haven't noticed....for the lastr 20 years the rich have been getting much much richer and the rest of us are not.......so who is taking from whom?

  • Atheistinafoxhole Sep 19, 2014

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    "The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 238 years ago."

    Actually, the United States of America did not become a republic until 1787, when the Constitution was signed. You have confused the signing of the Declaration of Independence with the founding document of our country.

  • veryfrustrated1 Sep 19, 2014

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    Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 238 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

  • John McCray Sep 19, 2014
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    Probably, and one problem is, he gets the attention.

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  • disgusted2010 Sep 19, 2014

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    The second amenment is one that he and other liberals don't agree with so they refuse to accept it.

    Remember, gun control is not about guns, its about control. AND if they get their way on guns they will then move on to total control of every aspect of our lives.

  • disgusted2010 Sep 19, 2014

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    WHy do you continue to post this insanity? Is it merely to inflame?

  • Grand Union Sep 19, 2014

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    Yeah its so bad we have one of the lowest crime rates in the US....oh the Horror!