It happened on Willow Street at the intersection with Glascock Street near Brookside Drive, just north of downtown's historic Oakwood neighborhood, around 3:30 a.m. Monday.
"Six to eight shots really quickly," neighbor Daniel Whittaker said. "Everybody looked outside right away and the only thing we noticed was a car driving away. And it was real slow. It wasn't a speedy, runaway kind of car. It just pulled out and drove off nice and casual. Then there were more shots so everybody kind of hid a little bit. And then kind of starting coming out as the police showed up."
Police identified the wounded as Ricky Collins, 29; Denise Eason, 20; and Latasheanna Hollins, 22.
One of the women made her way onto campus to get help, and the other got a ride to the hospital.
Emergency workers helped Collins at the shooting scene. Investigators report he was shot five times below the waist.
All three were treated at WakeMed.
Police said Monday afternoon that while Eason and Hollins did not shoot anyone, they're charged with one count each of conspiracy to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Authorities say the charge involved a man named Joseph Freeman.
Freeman, 20, has also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Eason, Hollins and Freeman are all currently being held in the Wake County Jail.