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Four handguns seized from site of poker game shooting

Posted August 1, 2011 3:44 p.m. EDT

— Police seized four handguns as well as playing cards and poker chips from a north Raleigh home where two men were shot last week while reportedly trying to rob a high-stake poker game.

Officers responding to a reported robbery at 4809 Sweetbriar Drive, off East Millbrook Road, on July 25 found Brandon Dwain Shelton, 28, dead and Brian Matthew Onley, 23, with a gunshot wound to the arm.

Witnesses told investigators that two men burst into the home wearing masks and carrying guns in an attempt to rob several poker players. A struggle ensued, and the two intruders were shot, police said.

During a search of the house and a 1998 Honda Accord parked outside, investigators seized a Glock .40-caliber handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver, a Hi Point .45-caliber handgun and a Rossi .38 Special revolver, according to a search warrant released Monday.

Police also seized four poker tables, "multiple" decks of cards and poker chips, eight projectiles, two bullet fragments, nine shell casings, 18 rounds of ammunition and a .45-caliber magazine, according to the search warrant.

Neighbors said the homeowner, Gregg Maluchnik, frequently hosted poker games and that Monday night's game was advertised as high-stakes.

Maluchnik, who played baseball at Duke University and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1998, was charged with a misdemeanor gambling offense.

According to the application for the search warrant, the person who shot the intruders put his gun inside the Honda after the shooting and waited there for police.

Police haven't identified the shooter and haven't decided whether to file charges.

Onley, of 4500 Boxwood Road, was charged with 11 counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1.15 million bond.