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Police say fatal shooting of 14-year-old boy in Raleigh ‘not a random act’

Raleigh police investigate fatal shooting on Milburnie Road

ABC11 reports from the scene of a fatal shooting at an apartment complex off of Milburnie Road in Raleigh, NC.
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ABC11 reports from the scene of a fatal shooting at an apartment complex off of Milburnie Road in Raleigh, NC.

Police say the fatal shooting of a Raleigh teenager Thursday night does not appear to have been a random act.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired into a building at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Sawpit Drive, according to the Raleigh Police Department. The street is in the Milburnie Road Apartments off Milburnie Road. The apartment complex consists of several two-story buildings and sits among a neighborhood of older homes in east Raleigh.

Jamahri Lucas, 14, was taken to WakeMed where he died, police said.

“Follow-up investigation remains underway; however, preliminary information indicates that this was not a random act,” the Police Department said in a press release Friday.

Shots were fired from a dark-colored, mid-size sedan, police said. A residence on Milburnie Road was struck, but there were no injuries, police said.

A 911 caller said he was inside his home on Milburnie Road when he heard possibly 10 shots.

In an interview, the boy’s grandmother told ABC11, the News & Observer’s media partner, “I don’t know. I think he was set up.”

“He was a young boy just trying to make it,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified. “It was so hard for him. He just needed some better direction.”

Lucas’ death is the sixth homicide investigated in 2019 by Raleigh police, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

Raleigh police investigated 17 homicides in 2018 but only two occurred in the first three months of the year, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call 919-834-HELP or go to raleighcrimestoppers.org.



Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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