Man sought in Raleigh shooting that left three wounded
Posted July 8, 2009 11:47 a.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2009 10:50 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Police were searching Wednesday for a man in a shooting near downtown Raleigh that left three people wounded.
The shooting occurred at about 10:15 a.m. at 306 Maple St., near the intersection with Oakwood Avenue and about a block from the campus of St. Augustine's College, police said.
Three people were taken to WakeMed for treatment. Rashed Amin Green, 27, was shot in the abdomen and hand, Fatima Dar-Salaam Elliott, 29, was shot in the chest, and Bradley Lamont Patterson, 23, was shot in the thigh, police said.
Their conditions were unknown Wednesday afternoon.
Jonathan Tillery said he and his brother, Eric, live in the other half of the duplex where the shooting occurred.
"I just ran in the kitchen, and I saw 'Boogie' on the floor. He was bleeding and said he had been shot," Jonathan Tillery said. "Then I looked in the room, and I saw Fatima. She had been shot also. They were just yelling, 'Call the ambulance.'"
"I was scared because I thought the guy might come back to finish the rest, and I was scared because I didn't want anyone to die on the floor," Eric Tillery said.
Police identified Brandon Daniel Sloan, 23, as a suspect in the case and issuing warrants for his arrest on one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. They said he knew the three victims and that a dispute led to the shooting.
Nearby residents said crime on Maple Street has increased recently.
"There's a lot of activities going on that I'm not pleased with," resident Willie Stokes said, citing drug activity.
"The neighborhood has just changed a lot. The people are concerned – the ones who are still here – about this going on," Stokes said. "People that I've talked with just don't like what they see. I guess that's (the case) with any neighborhood where people are trying to raise a family and trying to live in harmony or in peace."
Salima Tillery, Jonathan and Eric's mother, said police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood, but she said she plans to move her family to a safer area.
"The police are doing their jobs. They patrol this area frequently," she said. "But now this happened. I'm moving. I'm going back somewhere. I'm leaving."
Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, disputed the neighbors' contention that crime was on the rise in the Maple Street area. Violent crime is down 45 percent in the area this year, he said, attributing the decline to a community policing effort that started in December.
Octavia Rainey, chairwoman of the North Central Citizens Advisory Council, agrees that community policing is curbing crime.
“Number one, people now trust the police. They have a working relationship with the police,” she said.
“The community has been very influential in our successes there. The police have put a lot of outreach into the community and our overall trend is downward quite a bit,” Raleigh Police Capt. T.L. Earnhardt said.
By mid-afternoon, police had located the dark blue, two-door 1992 Lexus SC400 Sloan was known to drive, but he hadn't been found.
Anyone with information on Sloan's whereabouts is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.