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Police: No known links between barbershop gunman, victim

Police said Tuesday that they haven't found any previous relationship between a man killed Monday at a downtown Raleigh barbershop and the man charged in his death.

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Roger Onaje McKenzie
RALEIGH, N.C. — Police said Tuesday that they haven't found any previous relationship between a man killed Monday at a downtown Raleigh barbershop and the man charged in his death.

Roger Onaje McKenzie, 23, of 2300 Blacklan Circle, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Edward Hamer, 29, of Raleigh.

Hamer was getting his hair cut at Total Styles and Cuts shortly after 9 a.m. Monday when a gunman entered the shop, at 203 E. Cabarrus St., shot him and fled.

Police haven't disclosed what evidence led to McKenzie's arrest several hours later or a possible motive in the case. They said McKenzie had been a customer of Total Styles and Cuts, which remained closed Tuesday.

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