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Two women charged in Raleigh shooting

Posted October 18, 2010 5:17 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2010 9:06 p.m. EDT

— Two women who were injured in a triple shooting in Raleigh early Monday have been charged in the case, police said.

Denise Eason, 20, and Latasheanna Hollins, 22, conspired with Ricky Collins, 29, to shoot another man, police said. The women are charged with one count each of conspiracy to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. More arrests and charges are possible, police said.

According to warrants, the trio planned to shoot Joseph Freeman, 20.

Instead, the women and Collins were shot shortly before 3:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Park community near the 700 block of Glascock Street. Police have not identified who shot them.

Collins was shot five times below the waist – in the groin, buttocks, both legs and in the foot, according to police. He was in critical condition and had not been charged in the case as of Monday afternoon.

His criminal record includes arrests dating to 1998 including drug and weapons charges, breaking and entering and assault.

Eason, too, has an assault arrest on her record. Hollis has no criminal record.

One of the women was shot in the lower back. The other woman's injuries were unknown. Eason was treated and released from WakeMed. There was no hospital record for Hollins.

"It makes me uneasy, shots that close," said neighbor Howard Davis.

The neighborhood has a very active community watch program, which neighbors say has helped bring crime way down in recent years.

"We used to get three pages of crime reports every month from our community officer, and now we get a half a page at most. Things have really gotten much better in this neighborhood. It's very nice," said Mark Turner with the East Citizens Advisory Council.

"They all pay attention to what's going on," Turner said. "I was happy to hear that so many people heard these particular shots and called them in. That shows that people are paying attention in their neighborhood."

The council will hold their regularly scheduled monthly safety meeting Monday night at the  Lions Park Community Center at 7 p.m.

Anyone with information about Monday's shooting is asked to call the police department’s detective division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.