RALEIGH — Carrie McLean tried to reach her 25-year-old son, Christian Tobias McLean, early Tuesday, but he didn’t answer the phone.
“I was sick and out of work,” she said. “I didn’t call him for any specific reason. He was just on my mind.”
She had talked with him Monday.
“He was doing fine,” she said.
Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, however, someone gunned her son down outside of his Southeast Raleigh apartment building near WakeMed’s Raleigh campus.
When officers arrived at 202 N. Peartree Lane, they found McLean lying in an outside stairwell, according to Raleigh Police Department Capt. Norman Grodi.
He was taken to WakeMed, several blocks away, where he was pronounced dead, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
McLean had been living at the first floor apartment for the past six years with his girlfriend, Carrie McLean said. He was the oldest of her two boys. His brother, Bradley, 18, will graduate this year from Knightdale High School.
Bradley McLean is having a hard time with his older brother’s death, she said. Christian McLean “was his best friend.”
Christian McLean graduated from Wake Public Schools and had been working as a barber since he was 18 after studying barbering at Harris Barber College in downtown Raleigh, where his father, Tobias McLean is the manager. He liked playing the drums.
“He enjoyed cutting hair,” his mother said. “He was a laid-back, quiet person who didn’t bother anyone.”
Police had not determined a motive for the shooting late Tuesday afternoon.
Detectives questioned three people about the shooting – two men who were trying to revive McLean before police arrived and a neighbor who lives in a first-floor apartment next to McLean.
Police ask anyone with information that might assist the investigation either to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or to go to the Crime Stoppers website at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message.
News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.