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Garner man shot at traffic light

Posted October 21, 2009 10:43 a.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2009 6:38 p.m. EDT

— A man was shot Wednesday morning during an apparent robbery attempt at a Garner intersection, police said.

Cameron Vernon Albright, 28, of Garner, was shot once in the upper body, and police said his wound wasn't life-threatening.

Police said Albright was in a Toyota pickup and was stopped at a traffic light at U.S. Highway 70 and Yeargan Road shortly after 10 a.m. when a man approached on foot and asked for a cigarette lighter. The two men engaged in a discussion, which ended with the man on foot shooting Albright, police said.

Albright drove into the parking lot of a nearby Fidelity Bank branch, ran inside as he was bleeding and had someone call 911.

Brad Hansen, who works nearby, said he has seen the suspect lingering in the area before.

"I looked out, (and) I saw the guy go running past the store. I saw him throw his jacket down in the woods, and he kept running up the street," Hansen said.

Garner police, Wake County Sheriff's Office deputies and state Highway Patrol troopers searched for the gunman, and officers found a man matching the description of the gunman at a former food distribution center near Vandora Springs Road and Methodist Drive, about a half-mile away from the scene of the shooting.

The man tried to run from police but was arrested after a brief chase on foot.

Muhammad Aleem, 20, no known address, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, police said.