One person was killed and a second was wounded in a shooting in a parking lot outside a Walmart store in Brier Creek late Thursday night, police said.
A good Samaritan who called 911 told an emergency dispatcher that he heard gunshots from behind the store just north of Glenwood Avenue and saw “a couple of cars that sped off,” according to a 911 recording made public Friday by the Raleigh Police Department. Late Friday, police released surveillance photos of the cars: a white Dodge Charger and silver Honda Accord.
Jerry Eugene Sumpter, 39, of Durham, died in the incident, which took place about 10:35 p.m.
Emil Emit Sherwood, 36, of Durham, was wounded, police said. His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Medical crews took both men to Duke University Hospital in Durham.
The good Samaritan talked with Sherwood until police arrived. Sherwood told the man he had been shot in the back.
“How old are you, my man?” the 911 caller asked Sherwood, who replied that he was 36, according to the recording. Sherwood also told the 911 caller that there were “more than two guys” involved in the shootings.
Police have not indicated how Sumpter and Sherwood knew each other. Both men lived in Durham and were natives of New York. Before moving to Durham, the two men shared an address in Brooklyn, state records show.
Investigators had not disclosed why Sumpter and Sherwood were in the parking lot, what led to the shooting or whether they were looking for anyone in the case.
Sherwood has a lengthy criminal record, with convictions in Durham, Wake and Orange counties dating back to 2001. The convictions include two driving while impaired offenses, felony drug violations, assault with a deadly weapon on a legislative officer, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm while under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon, state records show.
Sherwood was convicted of possession of stolen goods in a Durham court in 2005 and ordered to forfeit weapons, money and property. A judge also ordered him to not possess any firearms or ammunition, according to state crime records.
Sumpter’s lone criminal charge in North Carolina, felony possession of a stolen vehicle in 2000, was dismissed in Durham County, according to state records.
The shootings happened near the Durham County line, and Raleigh detectives contacted Durham police as part of their investigation, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.
Police ask anyone with information that might assist the investigation to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.