The shooting occurred at about 4:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Quarry Street, about two blocks east of Ligon Middle School.
James Elvin Alston III, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Diana Powell, executive director of Justice Serve North Carolina, a nonprofit that helps young people in the criminal justice system, said she mentored Alston, who was turning his life around after previous trouble with the law. He had three children with his longtime girlfriend and was taking classes at Wake Technical Community College while holding down a job, she said.
"You see the good. You see the potential. You see the success in a person. You want to grab that treasure that’s inside of them and make it grow That’s what he was doing one step at a time, one day at a time," Powell said. "James was changing. I saw the change in him. I saw it, and I believed in him."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.