At least five shootings were reported across Wake County on Saturday, with three occurring in Raleigh, according to local authorities.
In Garner, gunfire was exchanged in the parking lot of a Carolina Ale House restaurant and police have a “person of interest.”
Four injuries were reported in the incidents, police said. None were believed to be life-threatening.
▪ The first of the three Raleigh shootings occurred just after 7:30 p.m., as Raleigh officers were helping Cary police search for homicide suspects on Grove Avenue, the department said in a news release.
While in the area, shots were fired at police and an officer returned fire, police said.
No one was injured, and three people were taken into custody, according to the release.
News of the incident came after Cary police announced they had made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a man near an apartment complex last week, The News & Observer reported.
That arrest took place in Raleigh with the help of the city’s police.
Laura Hourigan, a Raleigh police spokeswoman, declined to comment on whether the Grove Avenue incident was linked to that arrest.
▪ Later that night, around 11 p.m., officers responded to a call at UNC Rex Hospital on Lake Boone Trail.
A man with a gunshot wound had arrived by a private vehicle seeking treatment, Hourigan said.
He had been shot on the 4700 block of Hillsborough Street, by N.C. State University’s Centennial Biomedical Campus, investigators found.
▪ Just over 30 minutes later, a third shooting was reported on the 1800 block of Oakwood Avenue, near St. Augustine’s University.
When police arrived, they were unable to find any victims, Hourigan said.
But later, two men suffering from gunshot wounds were found at a nearby hospital, she added.
Raleigh police have asked those with information about the shootings to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or to go to the CrimeStoppers Web site at raleighcrimestoppers.org. Those who provide anonymous tips that help solve cases can earn cash rewards.
Garner shootings at Carolina Ale House, road rage incident
Two shooting incidents were also reported in the Garner area on Saturday, resulting in at least one injury.
Garner police are searching for suspects after two groups fired at one another outside the Carolina Ale House on Conservation Road, first reported by ABC11, The N&O’s newsgathering partner.
Garner Police Department Lt. Kevin Anderson, who was the watch commander on Saturday, said a 911 call came in at 4:32 p.m. reporting the incident.
Anderson told The N&O that the shooting outside Carolina Ale House occurred in the parking lot.
He said that there was an altercation between people that resulted in multiple shell casings of different caliber guns found on the scene. Anderson said that they don’t know the number of people involved because they all fled the scene before police arrived.
He said that as far as police know, it was two people exchanging gunfire but could have been more.
Anderson said they also received a call about a person injured at Cabela’s restaurant, which is near Carolina Ale House and was part of the same incident. He said the injuries were non-life threatening, “mostly from broken glass and things,” and the person was transported to WakeMed.
“We have a person of interest and the investigation is ongoing,” Anderson said. The person of interest is the person who was injured.
“He won’t talk to us, is uncooperative,” Anderson said. Police are interviewing witnesses and trying to get video surveillance. No charges were filed.
If you have information about the Garner shooting, call the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.
In a separate incident, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a call around 12:30 p.m. in the area of I-40 East, between Garner and the Wake-Johnston county line.
Witnesses told them that shots were fired between a dark gray Chevrolet Impala and a tan Mitsubishi with tinted windows in an alleged road rage incident.
No injuries were reported, said WCSO spokesman Eric Curry.
The office has asked anyone who witnessed the incident or saw either of the cars to call (919) 856-6911.