Raleigh cab driver shot

May 27, 2009 9:24:23 AM PDT
Raleigh police are investigating the shooting of a cab driver.The driver of a Taxi Fiesta cab was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, 27-year-old Juan Rayo-Reyes was attacked by three men just after parking his cab for the night at the Birch Ridge Apartments located near Bragg St. and Angleus Ave.

"He had completed the fare, was returning home [and] as he parked his vehicle, exited his vehicle, he was accosted by the three suspects," Captain Norman Grodi of the Raleigh Police Department said.

Reyes was rushed to the hospital but his condition is unknown.

The incident took place just a few blocks from the scene of a shooting that happened early Tuesday morning. However, Grodi does not believe the two crimes are related.

"There wouldn't appear to be any relationship," he told Eyewitness News.

In Tuesday's shooting, 18-year-old Rodriguez Burrell died after being shot several times. Police have no suspects in his death.

Some people say they see a link between more crime and a lack of jobs.

"If we have a vibrant job market and we're putting a lot of the people who want to work to work, I think we'll solve part of the problem," said Dan Coleman, Raleigh Wake Citizens Association.

Coleman hopes more people in Raleigh share his opinion. He is fed up with violence and is calling for a march and prayer this Saturday.

Colemen and others will gather at a vacant east Cabarrus St. parking lot at noon. Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens are invited to attend.

"We're trying to get the broader community together with the immediate community," Coleman said.

Chief Dolan spent much of the morning at the scene with officers investigating the case.

Anyone with information about either case should call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at (919) 996-3555 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 226-CRIME.


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