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Student, two others charged in N.C. State shooting

Posted July 28, 2008 6:04 a.m. EDT
Updated July 28, 2008 11:06 p.m. EDT

— Three people have been charged with attempted murder in an overnight shooting on North Carolina State University's campus.

Ryan Alexander Barnes, 20, Leroy Barnes Jr., 19, and Terrell Maurice Grimes, 16, also face two charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

University police said that Ryan Barnes is a sophomore at N.C. State. The other two suspects, as well as the two victims, are not affiliated with the university, they said.

Police said the shooting deliberately targeted the victims, a man and woman who were sitting underneath a gazebo on Gorman Street, near the student apartments of Wolf Village.

Just after midnight, a gunman approached and fired at them, police said. The man was hit in the stomach, and the woman in the foot. Both were taken to WakeMed, where their conditions were unknown.

Police initially thought the shooting was a random attack, but later altered their conclusion and said they believe the man was the target of the shooting.

Officers declined to identify the victims, saying they feared retaliation.

The suspects were being held Monday evening in the Wake County Jail on $1 million bond each. Their first court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The suspects also tried to break into a building on campus Friday night, police said. They were ordered to stay off campus after that incident and were charged with trespassing after police said they violated that order.

Capt. Jon Barnwell said that campus police would increase patrols in the area.

During the course of the investigation, police also arrested another N.C. State sophomore, Whitney Shanice Blakeney, 19. Blakeney faces charges of maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture, sale and distribution of a marijuana.

Blakeney was released from custody under a $4,000 bond.