A woman who lives in a Southeast Raleigh neighborhood where a 23-year-old man was found dead Thursday knew there had been a recent shooting but didn’t realize the gunfire struck someone until her children discovered the man’s body behind her home.
The woman called 911 at 5:35 p.m. Thursday to tell a dispatcher that her kids had found the man in her backyard.
“They saying he got shot,” the woman told the dispatcher, according to a recording released Friday. “One of my kids found him behind my house. He is dead. Oh, my God.”
Police have not yet said how LaQuan Cordarrelle Anderson died or how long his body had been in the backyard.
But before she talked with an emergency dispatcher, the 911 caller, whose name was not made public, can be heard speaking to someone nearby.
“Remember I said something about that shooting?” she says. “Was it yesterday or the day before? They said he got shot... How they didn’t know he was over here?”
Investigators found Anderson about 5:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of Cross Street. That block of Cross Street is a short one between South Fisher Street and Star Street, and police later described the scene as being behind a South Fisher home.
The woman said Anderson’s body was in the grass, riddled with insects, and that one of his shoes was off, according to the 911 recording.
The dispatcher asked if the man was awake or conscious.
“He’s dead,” the 911 caller replied.
Detectives ask that anyone with information that might help them call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.