A Raleigh man faces multiple assault charges in connection with a shooting that closed the outbound side of New Bern Avenue during the afternoon commute Tuesday.
Police arrested William Thomas Holden, 19, at his home at 2429 Stevens Road about 10:30 p.m., records showed.
Detectives charged Holden with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill, two counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or vehicle and one count of conspiracy.
Police were called to a shooting reported near Trawick Road and New Bern Avenue shortly after 5 p.m., and their investigation of the scene caused them to close the eastbound side of New Bern, slowing commuting traffic nearly to a standstill.
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Two men were hit by bullets, police said – one in a car outside the EZ Way convenience store at 3700 New Bern Ave. and one inside a nearby Microtel hotel on Plainview Drive.
The man in the hotel was identified Wednesday as Wylie Mendicino, 19. He apparently was wounded by a stray bullet, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Tuesday.
The wounded man in the car was Najee James Cunningham, 24, police said.
Cunningham flagged down a passing ambulance, and medics took him to WakeMed Raleigh hospital, police said.
Mendicino was taken there by a private vehicle.
Neither man’s wounds were thought to be life-threatening, police said.
Two other men in the car with Cunningham were not hurt, police said.
Holden was held in lieu of $500,000 bail for a court appearance Wednesday.
Holden was put on 30 months’ probation in June 2013 after being convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Raleigh police arrested Holden last September on felony charges of breaking and entering and larceny. Those charges are pending.