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Teen wounded in Raleigh drive-by shooting

Posted March 26, 2012 10:30 a.m. EDT
Updated March 26, 2012 6:53 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police are investigating whether a shooting that wounded a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning could be gang-related.

Investigators say the boy was out in the front yard at 125 Bertie Drive shortly after 1 a.m. when someone in a dark red Cadillac drove by and opened fire.

The teen, whose identity was not released, was shot in the stomach. He was at WakeMed Monday recovering from his injury, which police have said is not life-threatening.

The latest shooting marks the fifth within the past two weeks – all within a mile of one another.

Neighbors in the area say they are worried about the violence and surprised that the victim in Sunday's shooting was a young teen.

"I'm really shocked," Angie Wilder said. "My heart goes out to whoever it was, because I have a 14-year-old."

Neighbors said they also remember a shooting in October 2010 that left Clarence Jamel Blossom, 24, dead in a yard on Colleton Road – just a few houses down from Bertie Drive.

Shenqua Jordan said that, for the sake of all the children in the neighborhood, including her 7-month-old nephew, she wants people to think before they turn to violence.

"It's sad, because I would hate for something like that to happen to one of my family members or someone close to me," she said.