Police questioned a man Wednesday, then charged him with attempted murder for a shooting in which the victim was found in a wrecked car on Capital Boulevard on Aug. 13.
Alex Dontez Kearney, 32, of 3045 Richward Place in Raleigh also was charged with gun possession by a felon in the incident.
The victim, Vernon Tyrone Johnson, 32, of Raleigh was found in the car at Capital Boulevard and Interstate 440 about 4:45 a.m.
Police said it appeared he had driven away after being wounded.
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Detectives later determined that the shooting had happened in the 1600 block of North Market Drive, a commercial street near the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Old Falls of Neuse roads. It is about 2.5 miles from where police found Johnson.
Johnson was free on $105,000 bail at the time after Wake County narcotics investigators had charged him June 18 with possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it, maintaining a vehicle for drugs and conspiring with three women to sell cocaine.
Johnson had arrests in 2005, 2008 and 2012 involving cocaine, though state prison records show a conviction only in the 2005 case.
He had been placed on five years’ probation in March by a judge in Florida, where he was convicted of assault. That probation was transferred to North Carolina, state records stated.
Kearney’s only drug-related arrest in Wake County was in 2011, when he was accused of trafficking in cocaine. State records show he was convicted of attempted trafficking and placed on probation for that in 2012.
Police declined to discuss whether they had established a motive in the shooting or whether they believed drugs played any role in the incident.
Kearney and Johnson live about 2.5 miles apart in neighborhoods south of Hillsborough Street near the I-440 Beltline.
Kearney was held on $800,000 bail after a court appearance Thursday.