‘They were screaming’: 911 caller describes shooting that injured 3 near downtown Raleigh

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Three people were shot near downtown Raleigh early Tuesday morning in what a 911-caller described as a drive-by shooting.

The shooting comes as gun violence, injuries and homicides in the city continue to rise this year.

The shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m. at East Martin and Bladen streets, about six blocks east of Moore Square, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release.

Shortly after, two men and a woman arrived at a hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

A 911 caller described the incident as a drive-by shooting, according to a 911 call released by police Tuesday afternoon.

“They just drove by and started shooting,” the caller said. “We didn’t know what was going on, until we heard the screaming.”

There were many cars in the area, the caller added.

The victims were identified as two men, ages 45 and 49, and a woman, 32, all of Raleigh, according to a police incident report.

No charges have been filed in the case, said Laura Hourigan, a spokeswoman for Raleigh police. The investigation remains ongoing, she added.

Five shot in four days in Raleigh

Five people have now been shot in Raleigh over the past four days.

A man was shot on Perry Creek Road on Saturday, and another was shot early Monday morning on Stony Brook Drive, police said.

Both men were treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at a hospital.

As of June 17, there had been 337 crimes involving guns committed in Raleigh with 42 resulting gunshot wounds, according to Raleigh police data. At least 12 people had been fatally shot.

That’s up from 276 crimes involving guns as of the same date the year before, with 37 gunshot wounds and eight people killed by gunfire.

The rising gun violence comes as the city prepares to welcome a new police chief. Estella Patterson, former deputy chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will be sworn in Aug. 1.

“As your chief, I’m looking forward to meeting you, working with you, and learning about your concerns,” she said in a video posted on social media. “Together, we will continue to make Raleigh a great place to live.”

Patterson will replace former Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, who retired last month after 33 years with the department.

Raleigh police detectives are asking anyone with information about Tuesday’s shooting to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. Those who provide tips that help solve cases can earn cash rewards, and do not have to identify themselves.

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