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Cary residents meet with police after weekend shooting

Posted April 14, 2010 9:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 15, 2010 9:36 a.m. EDT

— Cary police met with residents from an apartment complex Wednesday night to share details and answer questions about a weekend homicide.

“I felt like I was in the dark and really wanted to know what was going on,” resident Melony Mangum said.

About 75 residents attended the meeting at the clubhouse of The Grove at Cary, at 4545 Cary Glen Blvd. Security hired by the property owner kept media from attending.

"We've come together with the community to give them an aspect of what's going on in the investigation and how to be safe in their community," Capt. Michael Williams said.

The shooting early Saturday was the town’s first homicide since 2008. Police said 28-year-old Jibrael Menelik, of Apex, died after being shot in the breezeway of a building at 700 Pony Club Circle. Three neighbors, including one who knew Menelik, called 911 just after 2 a.m.

The first caller said she heard two men arguing them a gunshot.

A second caller said someone was arguing with her boyfriend.

"I could hear my boyfriend still telling them, 'Yeah man I will give you what you want or whatever,'” the woman told the dispatcher.

The woman said she locked herself in a bedroom with her son. She heard a bang and said she thought he boyfriend had been shot.

“You think they shot your boyfriend?” the dispatcher asked the woman.

“Yes, because I heard a gunshot and they were trying to get in the room that we were in, and I threw my son out the window, and I jumped out behind him,” the woman replied.

A third 911 caller said he saw a woman running from the apartment.

"There was a woman who ran out of the apartment with a child," the neighbor told the dispatcher.

That neighbor also said he saw a man running towards a wooded area.

No suspects have been named in the slaying of Menelik, and police have said they don't know whether he knew his killer.

Residents on Wednesday said they saw police this week searching the wooded area. They said police would not say if they found anything.

"These types of investigations never go as fast as we want, but we are taking steps to make sure we're doing it the right way and done correctly," Williams said.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting should call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for up $2,500 for information leading to charges in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.