Police, family seek clues in death

February 18, 2009 

— Police trying to gather leads in the shooting death of Andrew Willie Brown held a traffic checkpoint Tuesday where he was shot.

They were joined by Brown's family and friends, and community members, who pleaded in front of TV news cameras for anyone with information about the shooting to step forward.

"Please help us," asked Angel Carapucci, Brown's common-law wife. "We need to feel that they got his killers."

Brown, 47, died Friday at WakeMed. He was shot multiple times about 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the 2400 block of Poole Road.

Officers stopped motorists driving by Poe Elementary School beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. They handed out fliers and asked whether anyone had seen anything.

The police department has released video taken by a surveillance camera at the school. The video shows three people running away from the area about the time of the shooting, heading toward Melvid Court, police said.

"We definitely need to identify those individuals," said Sgt. Kevin Carswell with RPD Homicide.

Police, who have released few details about the shooting, declined to comment on a possible motive.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 996-3555 or CrimeStoppers at 226-2746.

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