Shooting victim was a murder suspect

Police ID 2 shot after Apple Chill

Staff WriterMay 3, 2006 

— One of the two suspected gang members shot on Franklin Street after a Chapel Hill spring festival was out on bail awaiting trial on murder charges at the time of the shooting, police confirmed Tuesday.

Roy Oswald Bodden Jr., 21, of 907 Birch Ave. in Durham, was shot in the chest and a bullet grazed his head about 9 p.m. April 23, during "After Chill," the unofficial street party that traditionally followed Apple Chill.

He is charged with the 2004 shooting death of Nathan Ladell Alston in Durham, which police think was gang-related, said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Both Bodden and another After Chill gunshot victim, Dennis Wilshire, 19, of Wake Forest are suspected 9-Trey Blood gang members, said Chapel Hill Police Officer Mitch McKinney.

Both Bodden and Wilshire say they are not gang members, McKinney said.

Police didn't release the men's identities until Tuesday, citing concerns for the men's safety.

Bodden was wearing a black and red shirt with a five-point crown with red dots on it -- colors and symbols associated with the Bloods, McKinney said. As Bodden was loaded into an ambulance after getting shot, McKinney saw him flash gang signs, he said.

Suspected members of the 8-Trey Crips were seen near the shooting, McKinney said.

A third man, Hassan William Breeden, 20, of Durham also was shot in the right thigh that night but refused treatment, according to a police report.

Breeden also was out on bail at the time, awaiting charges that he shot and tried to kill two men at a Durham Wendy's, court records show.

About 30,000 people attended the Franklin Street fair and its after party, and 235 police officers were assigned to the event in response to concerns of escalating violence, including an increased gang presence.

Despite the three shootings, Chapel Hill police consider Apple Chill a successful night because nobody died and more people could have been hurt, McKinney said.

"There were several times we broke up several groups of Crips and Bloods getting together," he said.

Staff writer Jessica Rocha can be reached at 932-2008 or jessica.rocha@newsobserver.com.

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