Police early Thursday filed murder and attempted murder charges in a downtown shooting that left one man dead and a second wounded Aug. 20.
Bryce JoCarroll Williams, 32, of Raleigh was charged after investigators questioned him at their offices on Atlantic Avenue. Members of the Raleigh Police Department’s Fugitive Task Force found Williams in Greensboro about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after getting information that he was there, said police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.
Williams was arrested without incident, Hourigan said, but she did not know whether he was at a home or someplace else at the time.
State records show Williams has previous convictions in Wake County for felony possession of stolen goods and carrying a concealed weapon. But violent criminal charges filed against him in recent years in Wake County have been dismissed, according to state records.
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Those charges include felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in 2002 and carrying a concealed weapon in 2005, state records show.
Ramon Antonio Shaw, 23, died and Joshua Jamaar Vines, 32, of Knightdale was wounded in the gunfire that broke out before dawn on West South Street near the Red Hat Amphitheater. State records show that Williams lived about a mile away on the eastern edge of downtown.
Shaw was found dead in the street.
Someone driving a 2004 Hummer took Vines to WakeMed Hospital with a gunshot wound in his chest and left him there, police said.
They later found the Hummer with bullet holes in it and a .45-caliber pistol on a seat, they said in a search warrant.
Police have not described a motive for the shooting or said why they think Williams was involved.
While police were investigating the shootings, the case broadened to include drugs when the manager of the Hyatt Place Hotel on Navaho Drive told police that his employees had found narcotics in a room Vines had rented the day before he was shot.
Vines’ brother-in-law, Jade Tashawn Robinson, rented the same hotel room two days after the shooting. Detectives who had planted heroin and cocaine back in the room arrested Robinson when he found them and left, they said.
Vines and Robinson, 24, of Knightdale were both charged with heroin trafficking. Vines’ wife, Jessica Tanisha Vines, 25, of Earl of Mar Court in Zebulon, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin.