911 caller witnessed fatal North Raleigh shooting

Suspect remained hospitalized on Sunday

akenney@newsobserver.comNovember 25, 2012 

— A 911 caller witnessed the fatal shooting of a man in North Raleigh, according to a tape of the emergency call released Sunday.

“I was leaving the Carquest store, and the guy that was parked (unintelligible) me, he got out of his car with like a shotgun, and shot this guy,” the unidentified caller told an emergency dispatcher on Friday afternoon.

The shaken caller described the suspect as a middle-age, white male, about 5’10”, with thin blond hair who drove a gray Cadillac with a missing hubcap. Following the shooting, the caller backed away in his car, saw the suspect leave, then returned to Carquest to make the emergency call, according to the tape.

The suspect, identified by police as Matthew Durwood Calton, 53, has been charged with the murder of Jay “Jody” Gould Simmons, 53. The two men knew each other, and the violence was not a “random act,” according to the Raleigh Police Department.

Calton left the scene of the crime at about 2 p.m. Raleigh police tracked him by about 8:30 p.m. to the Creedmoor Crossing shopping center in North Raleigh, according to police reports. At about 9:30 p.m., Calton fired his shotgun at two police officers on the scene, one of whom returned fire, striking Calton in the torso.

One officer, M.M. Harmon, was treated at WakeMed following the shooting and released on Sunday. Calton, the suspect, remained hospitalized in “fair” condition, according to the hospital.

Further information on the case could be released in a follow-up report by Friday, according to the Raleigh Police Department.

Kenney: 919-460-2608

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