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Raleigh Man Killed in Cape Cod Shooting

Posted July 19, 2007 11:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 20, 2007 6:50 a.m. EDT

— Police in Barnstable, Mass., on Cape Cod said Thursday that they had not come up with any leads in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Raleigh man.

Someone shot and killed Jacques Sellers while he was sitting inside a house in Hyannis, which is a village in the town of Barnstable.

Sellers had been living on Cape Cod for the past three months, officials said.

He was sitting in a house when he was hit. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said the shooting was deliberate, but it's unclear whether Sellers was the intended target.

A preliminary investigation showed that the gunfire came from outside the home.

Phillip L. Spencer, 53, told The Boston Globe the victim was his nephew, who had come from Raleigh to earn money for the summer. He said the teen wasn't in town long enough to make enemies.

"He wasn't scared," Spencer said. "I don't think anybody was after him. I think there just has to have been something else going on in the house."

Sellers was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

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