RALEIGH — Police say a man who was gunned down Sunday afternoon in the streets of Southeast Raleigh "clearly knew" several of the five men who were charged with his death Thursday.
Investigators would not disclose a motive for the fatal shooting that left Reginald Alton Dunn, 32, of Raleigh, crumpled dead near Melvid Court and Peyton Street.
Nor would police say whether the arrests of five young men, none over the age of 21, indicated the homicide was gang-related.
"It was not a random act," Jim Sughrue, a Raleigh police spokesman, said Thursday, shortly after the suspects were arrested.
So far, police have charged these Raleigh residents with first-degree murder: Dahshon Wayne Crudup, 20, of 3609 Castlegate Drive; Damon Jaquan Gresham, 16, of 102 Maple St.; Devonte Terrell Pemberton, 17, of 2213 Maybrook Drive; Cordell Nico Milbourne, 20, of 227 Colleton Road; and Telvin Lee Burnett, 18, of 432 Peyton St.
The young men are being held without bail at the Wake County jail, court records show.
Although police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting, both the victim and several of those charged with his death have had previous run-ins with the law.
State court records show that Dunn, the victim, has multiple convictions for possession of stolen goods and possession with intent to manufacture or sell cocaine from 2000 to 2008. He also has misdemeanor convictions for assaulting a government official or employee and resisting a public officer.
Crudup has a Wake County court date today on charges of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, court records show.
Gresham also has a Wake court date for the same marijuana drug charge on May 25.
Pemberton was charged with armed robbery and felony breaking and entering in Wake County last year but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of common-law robbery. A Wake County judge sentenced Pemberton to 36 months' probation and ordered him to abide by specific gang and drug conditions that included no contact with the victims of the crime or association with his co-defendants in the case, state records show.
Despite the arrests, police say their investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's detective division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.
News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.
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