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Two shootings reported off Capital Boulevard in Raleigh

Posted January 1, 2010 6:52 a.m. EST
Updated January 1, 2010 6:07 p.m. EST

— Raleigh police were investigating two separate shootings that happened early Friday off Capital Boulevard.

The first shooting happened at about 3 a.m. outside the Hilton Garden Inn, 6412 Capital Blvd., near Interstate 540. A group of people going into the hotel got into an argument with another group that was leaving, and someone pulled out a gun and began firing, said Sgt. Mike Bruce of the Raleigh Police Department.

"I was sleeping. It was in the middle of the night. I wasn't sure what was going on. I did hear some bangs and thought maybe someone is celebrating very late," hotel customer Carolyn Hunt said.

Jeffrey Laquan Whitley, 29, was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at WakeMed. James Louis Boone, 18,  and Kenneth Houston Boone, 19, were treated at WakeMed and released.

Investigators interviewed everyone coming to and going from the hotel Friday morning.

Hotel customer Dashon Crudup said police searched his car and said he couldn't go back inside the hotel.

"We just heard gunshots and loud girls screaming. I didn't know what was happening. My (friend) said he thought he heard it ricochet off the window," Crudup said.

Hunt, who is staying at the Hilton Garden Inn while she has repairs done to her home, said she was surprised that a shooting would occur at the hotel.

"It's new. It's a wonderful on the inside and everything. The staff is wonderful," she said. "I'm really totally surprised."

Hotel managers declined to comment.

About an hour after the Hilton Garden Inn shooting, a second shooting occurred at a Waffle House, at 2624 Westinghouse Blvd., near Interstate 440.

Two people got into a fight inside the diner, and one person shot the other in the leg, police said.

Demario Adaris Richardson, 26, was treated at WakeMed and released.

No arrests have been made in either case.