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Shooting at Raleigh apartment worries student residents

Posted May 12, 2011 4:21 p.m. EDT
Updated May 13, 2011 5:12 p.m. EDT

— Wolf Creek Apartments in west Raleigh caters to college students, especially those who attend nearby North Carolina State University. But after a home invasion at an apartment there Thursday afternoon, some were worried about how safe the community really is.

Police said three people broke into 307-208 Wolf Green Drive in an attempt to rob Jerrell Antonio Goings. Goings, 20, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in his leg.

Police arrested Chonsy Terrell Jones, 24, of Holly Springs, Kenneth Kadem Smith, 23, of Raleigh, and Bonnie Lynn Jones, 25, of Raleigh.

"I think it is scary because we spend a lot of time over here," said Deanna Vedock. "You expect it to be all safe and something happens."

Whitley Morrison, a student at NC State, was just moving in when she heard about the shooting. "I am a little bit uneasy about this," she said. "I really am, seriously."

Managers of Wolf Creek did not return calls for comment Thursday evening.

Police said they think the suspects knew Goings and the attack was not random. The residents of the apartment – Najee Christian Gillespie and Neeko Ceasare Gillespie, both 22, were charged Friday with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling marijuana.

Chonsy Jones and Smith face four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and and conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, firing a weapon inside an occupied dwelling, assault and second-degree kidnapping. Bonnie Jones faces four counts each of armed robbery and conspiracy.

Bonnie Jones was convicted in 2008 of attempted obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, according to state Department of Correction records. She served four months in jail after her probation was revoked.