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'It was definitely a life-changing moment,' says woman who witnessed shooting inside Raleigh parking deck

Posted February 18, 2019 5:21 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2019 9:06 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police said Monday that a man killed during an argument inside a Glenwood South parking deck in downtown Raleigh early Sunday apparently instigated the fight that led to his death.

Willie Britton, 30, of Raleigh, died after gunfire broke out at the parking deck in the 500 block of Glenwood Avenue near Tucker Street shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Investigators have not yet publicly identified the man who shot Britton. No charges had been filed in connection with the case as of Monday afternoon.

The area where the parking deck is located is a hot spot for patrons who frequent downtown Raleigh venues during the weekend because of its proximity to restaurants and other businesses.

Michelle Pritchett said she was in her car with friends when gunfire rang out.

"I was panicking," she said. "We were panicking."

Police released the 911 call made in the aftermath of the shooting.

"A guy came up to my car with a gun, and my friend had to shoot him," Pritchett said.

Police said two groups of people began arguing before the crowd dispersed. It was not immediately clear what the groups were arguing about.

Police say Britton returned to the scene with a gun and he and another man traded gunfire.

"We all just ducked down until (he was) done," Pritchett said.

Pritchett says she saw Britton get shot, but the other, unidentified man was not hurt during the incident.

"When he was shooting, I didn't know who he was going to hit or what he was going to hit because he was shooting in the air," she said.

Pritchett said seeing someone lose his life has forever changed hers.

"It was definitely a life-changing moment," she said. "It just let me know that life is really short."