2 stories emerge after shooting

Slain man's kin blame club guard

Staff WriterMarch 20, 2010 

— Police are still investigating a man's fatal shooting at a North Raleigh nightclub last week.

The family of Sedrick Rashawn Williams, 23, of Henderson, says Williams was unarmed when he was shot while fleeing the Pericos nightclub at 2414 Paula St., near Wake Forest Road.

Williams was wounded early Sunday morning while riding in a car driven from the scene by Tobarus O'Neal Alston, 33, of Henderson, according to authorities. Police have charged Alston with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers found Williams dead inside a parked car after Alston stopped at a Capital Boulevard convenience store shortly after 3 a.m. and called 911 for help. Alston told investigators the shooting happened at Pericos.

When investigators went to the club, security guard Shontavius Levon Brown said Williams and Alston had been there, but he had asked them to leave. Brown said the men drove out of the parking lot but stopped on the street in front of the nightclub. Alston, he said, got out of the car and exchanged gunfire with him.

Sughrue said no one at the nightclub called to report the gunfire.

Police arrested Alston on the weapons violation and assault charge, but he was later released from the Wake County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Williams' uncle, John Miles, of Greensboro, said Alston called him and Williams' mother, Joyce, after he left the jail. His account was very different from what Brown told police, Miles said.

'He kept on shooting'

"He told me the security guard shot first," Miles, a retired retail employee and evangelical minister, said Friday.

Alston told them that on the night of the shooting, Brown first spoke to them when they were about to enter the club, telling Williams to extinguish the marijuana cigarette he had in his hand. He said Williams complied and they entered the club.

Alston said Brown harassed them inside the club, calling Williams derogatory names. At one point, he took $20 to let them stay but approached them again later and demanded they leave.

Alston said they got in their car to leave, but Williams rolled down the passenger window and yelled a derogatory name back at Brown.

"That's when the guard fired the first shot," Miles said. "He kept on shooting."

Blood in the mirror

Alston told Williams' family that as his vehicle veered onto Capital Boulevard, he looked into the rearview mirror and saw Brown and another person behind them firing gunshots out of a "blue or burgundy car." He said he then turned to Williams and "saw all the blood."

Miles said Williams was hit twice in the back of the head.

That's when Alston fired once from a 9 mm handgun, Miles said.

The car did not follow him into the store parking lot. Alston ditched his gun, but police later found it.

Brown could not be reached for comment Friday.

Miles said he has called the investigating detective's supervisor and Raleigh Police Chief Harry Patrick Dolan since the shooting, but they have not returned his calls. Sughrue said investigating detective R.F. LaTour has scheduled an appointment with Sedrick Williams' mother.

Police arrested Alston again Tuesday, charging him with discharging a firearm into an occupied area in connection with the same incident. He remained in custody at the Wake County jail Friday afternoon in lieu of a $1 million bail, a jail spokeswoman said.

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