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Campus police: N.C. State shooting gang-related

Posted July 29, 2008 12:00 p.m. EDT
Updated July 29, 2008 11:48 p.m. EDT

— Campus police said Tuesday that a shooting on the North Carolina State University early Monday was gang-related.

Ryan Alexander Barnes, 20, Leroy Barnes Jr., 19, and Terrell Maurice Grimes, 16, have been charged with attempted murder and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

A man and woman were sitting underneath a gazebo on Gorman Street, near the student apartments of Wolf Village, early Monday when 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 for treatment of their injuries.

Capt. Jon Barnwell of the N.C. State Police said the man was the target of the shooting, which initially was thought to be a random crime.

"We've got gang affiliation with the individuals involved in this incident, and ... it was a targeted act of violence," Barnwell said.

Investigators determined a dispute between competing factions of the Crips street gang prompted the shooting, he said.

University police said that Ryan Barnes is a rising junior at N.C. State. The other two suspects, as well as the two victims, aren't affiliated with the university, police said.

Barnwell said photos on Ryan Barnes' Facebook page show gang colors and gang signs.

The three suspects were being held Tuesday in the Wake County Jail under $1 million bonds.

The shooting marks the second case of gang-related violence in Raleigh in recent days.

On Saturday night, a melee involving up to 300 people occurred at the Triangle Town Center mall. Police said gang signs were flashed by some of the youths initially involved in fights that later escalated into a brawl that forced the mall to close early.

Seven people have been charged with inciting a riot and other offenses in connection with the incident.

"I think it's too early to say that there's a trend, something that's going to continue to happen in public places," Barnwell said.

Police Chief Harry Dolan on Monday called Raleigh's gang problem "significant" and said the community needs to pull together to address the issue.

Barnwell said he agrees with Raleigh police that local gang activity is increasing.

"(It's) primarily Bloods and Crips we see in this area, and they have subsets of each group," he said.