Shooting site was previously peaceful

Landlord had no problems with family that rented house where four were shot

Staff WriterJune 30, 2008 

— The landlord who owns the house where four people were shot Saturday -- two of them fatally -- said he has had no problems with the family that has been renting the property for more than three years.

"It was a very nice family," James Carlton said. "I've never had any problems."

Carlton said he grew up in the house at 316 Sunnybrook Road, a small, white frame house set well back from the road. He has been renting it out for about 20 years.

The 5-acre property is densely wooded, and little of the house is visible from the road, except for, on Sunday, a parked car and crime scene tape. A Raleigh police officer was parked at the bottom of the gravel drive, keeping the curious from walking up to the crime scene. A police mobile command bus was still parked at the scene Sunday morning.

Carlton said he wasn't aware of any previous calls to police from the house. He said he hadn't spoken with detectives about the shooting and didn't know who had been killed.

Police seek two men

Investigators are looking for two men in connection with the afternoon shooting, which left two men dead and sent a man and a woman to WakeMed with injuries that appeared not to be life-threatening, police said.

As of late Sunday afternoon, police were still working to confirm the identities of the victims and notify their next of kin, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Police have said little about the crime, other than they think the location wasn't random.

Police released descriptions of the suspects:

* A Hispanic man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a light complexion and a thin build. He has short, curly hair and is clean-shaven. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. His clothing was described as "very clean," according to a news release.

* A second Hispanic man, in his mid- to late 20s. He is also about 5 feet 6 inches tall, has a dark complexion and weighs about 150 to 160 pounds. He has short, curly hair and is clean-shaven. He was wearing a black polo-style shirt with yellow horizontal stripes.

The suspects fled the scene in a dark blue minivan that was thought to be a late-1990s model with untinted or lightly tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at 890-3555 or CrimeStoppers at 226-2746.

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