Raleigh police investigate after man pistol-whipped in driveway

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A man was pistol-whipped in broad daylight in a Raleigh driveway on Friday afternoon.

Raleigh police are investigating a mid-day attempted robbery, pistol-whipping on the 3700 block of Blue Blossom Drive that left a man with an injury and rattled the nerves of neighbors.

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It happened between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Officials say a 20-year-old backing out of his driveway was stopped by a car behind him.

Two men then jumped out of the car and showed a gun and reportedly hit the 20-year-old with the weapon.

The victim's mother came out of the house while the suspects were rummaging through the car. One suspect fled the scene and the other forced the mother back inside the home. He fled soon after.

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Raleigh Police are investigating an alleged pistol-whipping, attempted robbery in north Raleigh, Friday, June 23, 2017.

"I am surprised. I'm really surprised," said Haida Salazar, a neighbor. "I see this and I say 'Wow.' Let me see what's going on."

The victim later left with someone believed to be a family member or friend. It wasn't immediately known whether he sought medical treatment.

"Being informed about what just happened, just several houses down from me, is shocking," said another area resident, identified only as Talia. "I've lived here two years now, and it's just not something I would've ever expected in such a nice, quiet neighborhood. Especially for something like this to happen in broad daylight."

Police are not confirming whether the suspects knew the victim.

Other neighbors were also surprised by the violent incident.

"We were fixing the trampoline for the summer and she was playing outside with the dog and we saw the police cars coming," said Claudia Mazzeo, who has lived in the neighborhood for six years. "And here has always been very safe. Kids always play outside. Everybody is always friendly. We never thought anything like that would ever happen."

Kathryn Martin, another neighbor, said, "It's weird. It's always a quiet neighborhood. Nobody causes any trouble around here."

"It's one thing to know to lock your doors and watch your back when the street lights come on," Talia added. "But to have that same alert during broad daylight is quite an awakening."

The case remains under investigation.

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