A man called 911 before dawn Monday to report that “three, maybe four” gunshots had been fired in front of a red-brick ranch home where police later found the body of a 32-year-old man.
The 911 caller also told the emergency dispatcher that the gunman appeared to have fled in a black, older model Mercedes. The caller jumped into his truck and tried to follow the Mercedes as it sped toward Interstate 440 but lost the fleeing vehicle because it “passed through the red lights,” according to a copy of the 911 recording made public Monday by the Raleigh Police Department.
Police found Adrian Levon Pugh just before 3:45 a.m. Monday near the home where he lived at 1721 St. Albans Drive, near Boddie Drive.
Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting, but detectives do not think it was a random shooting, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
Officers used yellow caution tape to cordon off the front of the home and alongside a dirt and gravel section of Boddie Drive. Raleigh police and officers of the Wake City County Bureau of Investigation were still at the home Monday afternoon, nearly 12 hours after the shooting, collecting evidence.
The investigators dusted the front door for fingerprints and used a tow truck to carry away a gray BMW convertible parked in front of the home.
Neighbors said Pugh had been renting the home for the past two years. Sughrue said prior to Monday, police have not responded to any other incidents at the home during the two years Pugh had lived there.
The home is flanked by a strip mall that houses a Bible study center, a printing business and a home health care agency. Workers at the health care business said Pugh had a toddler-age son.
Officers closed off St. Albans Drive during their initial investigation, but reopened it shortly after 7 a.m.
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.