Police, Parents Ask For Public's Help To Solve Raleigh Shooting
Posted September 6, 2002 5:52 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — The parents of a woman who was shot early Monday morning and police need your help to solve the crime.
Monique McNellie, 23, was shot in the back while eating inside the Waffle House restaurant off Capitol Boulevard. She is in fair condition at WakeMed.
Investigators say people in two vehicles left the scene before they could talk with them. Authorities are looking for a white newer model Chevy Suburban with chrome-style, large diameter wheels and a Burgundy GMC Yukon Denali with stock Denali wheels.
Police are also looking for someone near the scene who was wearing a Michael Vick football jersey.
McNellie's parents are asking anyone who saw what happened to their daughter to call police.
"It's going to be a long way to go. She's got to go through some rehabilitation and it's going to take time for her to get back, you know, to a somewhat normal life," said Ornan McNellie, Monique's father.
"Her life is definitely changed forever. It's a catastrophic thing that's happened to her at this point," said Mary McNellie, Monique's mother.
Monique McNellie came to Raleigh a year and a half ago, graduating cum laude from Syracuse University and taking a job at IBM.
"She was definitley happy with her life. Things were going well for her," Ornan McNellie said.
Police said an argument started involving two groups of people. Police said two people allegedly left the restaurant, and at least one of them opened fire into the building from outside, hitting Monique McNellie and Delvin James.
Police believe some people left the scene of the crime without talking to them. McNellie's parents beg them to change their minds.
"We'd like to see the right thing done. I wouldn't like to see anyone else get in a situation like this," Ornan McNellie said.
James, a pitcher for the Durham Bulls, was treated for a shoulder wound and released.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the Raleigh Police Department at (919) 890-3335 or Crimestoppers at 226-CRIME.