2 Raleigh men charged in murder of Johnston County store clerk

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Darius Dontae McCalston and Omari Alexander Smith (images courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office has charged two Raleigh men with the murder of a convenience store clerk in October.

The sheriff's office received a panic alarm notification at the Shop N Go convenience store in the 13000 block of NC Hwy 39 North near Zebulon around 11 p.m. October 27.

Deputies arrived to find the store clerk and another employee had been shot. The store clerk, 29-year-old Al Shami Esmail, died at the scene.

Al Shami Esmail


Now, deputies have charged 28-year-old Darius Dontae McCalston and 23-year-old Omari Alexander Smith with first-degree murder, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Grecia Montes, 20, is charged as an accessory after the fact.

Grecia Montes



McCalston was already in jail. He faces charges in another shooting at an apartment complex in Raleigh November 13.

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