Raleigh woman seriously injured in shooting; Police investigating at multiple scenes

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Raleigh woman seriously injured in targeted shooting, RPD says
Raleigh police were at three scenes all connected to the same shooting.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Police in Raleigh confirmed that officers are investigating a shooting that involved multiple scenes.

Raleigh police said officers responded to the call about a shooting Monday just before 3 p.m. in the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

That's where officers found a woman who had been shot.

RPD said the shooting appeared to be a domestic incident and told ABC11 that the shooter and the victim knew each other.

Police said the suspect chased the woman and shot her at least once, then fled on foot from his crashed car on MLK toward Ligon Magnet Middle School.

The woman managed to drive to Raleigh Boulevard and Blazing Star Lane.

She is in the hospital in serious condition, RPD said.

Brizeida Lopez was at work inside the Metro T-Mobile just feet from the gunfire when it all went down.

"I was just working. I don't know. We're just hear shots. I literally come outside, but the first thing was just lock the door, like, get behind doors. That was it," said Lopez.

Lopez said the scene quickly became chaotic, with multiple police cars speeding into the shopping center just moments after the shooter fled.

"I just saw everybody, like, started to run. What I saw is, like ,,, they just speed up, the whole cops to start pulling up. It was just a moment of, you know, craziness out here," she said.

Raleigh Boulevard between Blazing Star Lane and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was closed as a part of the investigation. All roadways affected by the investigation reopened late Monday evening, police said.

Ligon Middle was not in session. However, it was placed on a Code Yellow lockdown as a caution.

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Motorcyclist dies in Raleigh crash

About the same time as the shooting, Raleigh police also responded to a reported motorcycle crash.

In the initial response, there was some uncertainty about whether this incident was related to the multiple shooting scenes. Raleigh Police later clarified that the crash was unrelated to the shooting investigations.

The crash happened about 3:08 p.m. on westbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at South Bloodworth Street.

Police said Zahmir Williams, 23, was going faster than the 35 mph speed limit and lost control in a curve. The motorcycle ran off the roadway onto the sidewalk and Williams was ejected.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.