Teenager killed in Raleigh shooting

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A teen was gunned down in a Raleigh park on Saturday night (WTVD)

Raleigh police are still looking for a suspect or suspects involved in a deadly shooting.

Police said just before 11 p.m. Saturday night, officers responded to reports of shots being fired in the 1400 block of Collegeview Avenue, not far from NC State's campus.

When officers arrived on scene they found one man with non-life threatening injuries, 23-year-old Daniel Deleon Pittman of Raleigh. They also found 18-year-old Irvin Adan Gonzalez-Martinez, also of Raleigh, dead.

"He was a fun person to be around he would joke around a lot and have fun," said Javier Morales, a childhood friend of Gonzalez-Martinez.

Morales lives nearby and came to the park off Collegeview Avenue to enjoy the sunny Sunday with family. He had no idea that this was the same spot where, just hours ago, his old friend was gunned down.

"We used to play around as little kids, like tag and stuff like that, we were good friends in elementary school," said Morales.

He said the last time he saw Gonzalez-Martinez was last year, when they both attended Athens High School.

"We walk out here and see a man lying on the ground, obviously dead," said Rebecca Galt, a North Carolina State student who lives in the apartment complex right next to the playground.
She and her roommate, Christina Mara, heard the gunshots.

"We had just let her cat out so we were out looking for him then we go inside, about five or ten minutes later, I hear five big bang, bang, bang," said Galt, "then a minute and a half after the first bangs I heard one more bang."

The two said there is a lot of crime in the area, and just before talking to ABC11, were already looking for a new place to live.

"People come here every single night, they just park near the dumpsters and they just come to the playground, hang out about 10 minutes and then they leave," said Mara.

Since the shooting happened so close to NC State's campus, campus police issued a Wolf Alert. Campus officials described the shooting as a drive-by shooting and said the suspects fled in a red four door sedan and were headed toward campus.

ABC11 also reached out to the families of the victims but neither wished to comment.

Authorities said the crime was not a random act.

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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