Raleigh police search for homicide suspect

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comApril 28, 2014 

— Thomas Anthony Weiner ran into a barbershop on New Bern Avenue on Saturday afternoon, asked someone to call an ambulance and then collapsed to the floor.

Weiner, who lived on Navaho Drive, had been shot several times in a barrage of gunfire that also wounded two others. He was pronounced dead at WakeMed in Raleigh, and police are still searching for the shooter.

The shooting occurred around 2:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of New Bern Avenue, across from Church’s Chicken and a short distance from the Richard B. Harrison Library. According to a 911 call made public Monday, patrons inside the barbershop heard a stream of gunshots before Weiner burst through the doors.

Weiner, 30, appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds to his stomach, back and buttocks, according to a man inside the barbershop who called 911.

“He shot him in the back and everything,” the man, whose name was not made public, told the dispatcher.

Witnesses later told the man that the gunman was “pulling” on Weiner, “then he just started shooting him.”

Another man can be heard in the 911 recording saying he had been shot in the leg. When police arrived, they found that Fred Douglas Hodge, 61, and Ramon Lee Lyon, 38, had sustained wounds that are not considered life-threatening, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

The caller said he did not know what caused the shooting or who was responsible.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting, nor have they said whether any of the victims knew who shot them. Weiner was conscious when police arrived, according to the 911 recording.

Raleigh’s homicide detectives ask anyone with information to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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