Raleigh police seek two men wanted in New Bern Avenue homicide

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2014 

— Police say they are looking for two men – both recently released from prison – who have been charged with the Saturday shooting death of Thomas Anthony Weiner in Southeast Raleigh.

Isiah Alexander Owens, 25, and Shawn Cordellro Jones, 26, have both been charged with one count of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Owens and Jones were still at large Thursday afternoon, Sughrue said.

Fred Douglas Hodge Jr., 61, and Ramon Lee Lyon, 38, were wounded by the fusillade of gunfire that killed Weiner, police said.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shootings, which occurred about 2:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of New Bern Avenue, across from Church’s Chicken and near the Richard B. Harrison Library, police said.

Witnesses told police that after the gunshots erupted, Weiner, 30, ran into a nearby barbershop with multiple wounds. Weiner asked someone to call 911 before he collapsed on the floor, according to a 911 recording. He died later at WakeMed.

Owens was released from prison on Oct. 27 after he served more than a year after being convicted of felony hit and run causing serious bodily injury, according to the state Department of Correction.

Owens has had run-ins with police since 2005, state records show. In 2012, he was convicted of felony possession of stolen goods, while the year before, he had convictions for felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier convictions include felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine; misdemeanor larceny and felony drug possession.

Jones also got out of prison late last year, on Oct. 23, after spending more than three years behind bars for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury conviction, according to the Department of Correction.

Police urge anyone who thinks they may know the whereabouts of Owens or Jones 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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