RALEIGH — Three people were wounded by gunfire Wednesday night during a robbery that resulted in a shootout in North Raleigh, according to police.
None of the three suffered injuries that are considered life threatening, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
The shootings occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at an apartment complex at 4912 Brook Knoll Place, a short distance from the playground at Millbrook Elementary School.
When police arrived they found Marcus Shu-Aib Smith, 32, who lives at the apartment complex, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
Smith told officers that he had been approached by four people, some of whom were armed with guns, while he was returning home. An argument between Smith and the four people escalated. Smith wrestled a handgun from one of the people and there was an exchange of gunfire, Sughrue said.
Smith told the police that two of the people were struck by gunfire before they all jumped into a car and fled. Investigators learned that the two had been dropped off at Rex Hospital.
Police have charged the men, Barshiri Ahmed Sandy, 33, and Henry R. Surpris, 35, both of Raleigh, with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, Sughrue said.
The men were both transported from Rex Hospital to WakeMed for further treatment, and will be taken to the Wake County jail when their health permits, Sughrue said.
Police continue to investigate shootings and ask anyone with information that might assist with the case to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or go to the CrimeStoppers Web site at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message.