Arrests made in Durham shootings

Staff WriterMarch 31, 2007 

— A 21-year-old murder suspect was among two people arrested Friday in Winston-Salem in connection with the March 23 shooting of a 14-year-old boy and a March 7 shooting incident, police said.

U.S. Marshals and Winston-Salem police arrested Dezmond Ramario Williams, 21, and Michael Raymond Kelly, 19, inside an apartment without incident. Investigators are still searching for Kenneth Wayne Douglas, 20, of Kent Street. Williams and Kelly remained at the Durham County jail on Friday in lieu of $1 million bond each.

All three are charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in the March 23 shooting. The victim was walking from Town Deli on Lawson Street to his mother's car when numerous shots were fired. The victim, who was hit in the stomach and is in stable condition, wasn't the intended target. The trio were aiming at two people they knew who were standing near a car, police said.

Police contacted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force after receiving a tip about the whereabouts of Williams and Kelly, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was gang-related, Michael said. Both Williams and Kelly are gang members, she said. Douglas is thought to still be in the Durham area.

The shooting was the third of four shootings in four days last week. A 20-year-old man was shot March 22 while crossing Alston Avenue at Drew Street, a 21-year-old man was shot while sitting in a vehicle off Geer Street on March 23, and a 14-year-old girl was killed when a bullet struck her while she was in a vehicle on Driver Street on March 25. No arrests have been made in those shootings.

Williams and Kelly are also suspected in a March 7 shooting incident on Lynn Road, where a silver Volvo got behind a vehicle and someone fired several shots, police said. No injuries were reported. Kelly is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one count of felony conspiracy. Williams is charged with felony conspiracy and felony aiding and abetting.

Williams is also one of five men charged in the 2005 shooting death of Michael Bailey, 24, who was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Staff writer Stanley B. Chambers Jr. can be reached at 956-2426 or stan.chambers@newsobserver.com.

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