Twins charged in Raleigh shooting that wounded 3 had been arrested on gun charges before

Raleigh police investigate after 3 hurt in shooting

ABC11 reports on a shooting in Raleigh that left three people injured Sunday night, May 12, 2019.
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ABC11 reports on a shooting in Raleigh that left three people injured Sunday night, May 12, 2019.

Twin brothers arrested in a shooting that wounded three people Sunday night were charged earlier this year with illegally carrying concealed guns, police said.

Joshua Rodney Brown was arrested Tuesday afternoon. His brother, Justin Rashaun Brown, was apprehended earlier in the day, police said.

Police were called to Old Coach and Iron Horse roads at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday. They found three people who had been shot, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release. They were taken to Wake Med with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

At the scene, police found two types of spent shell casings, according to court records. A witness described hearing five to eight consecutive shots and seeing a sedan headed toward Buffaloe Road, the records indicate.

Justin Brown CCBI

Joshua Brown CCBI

Police made a traffic stop Monday and found Justin Brown had a concealed handgun, according to a search warrant application.

During a police interview, “Justin Brown confessed to being with his brother Joshua Brown at the time he fired multiple rounds” on Sunday and admitted he used the recovered gun “during the shooting,” court documents indicate.

Police say Joshua Brown assaulted three people with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and Justin Brown used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun during the incident.

The 18-year-olds are each charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, police said. Justin Brown was additionally charged with one count of carrying a concealed gun, according to Wake County court records.

Previous arrests

The brothers were previously arrested after police on March 9 found them illegally carrying concealed weapons, police said. Two weapons were seized during the investigation into the case, which is still pending, court documents show.

The News & Observer has reached out to Raleigh police to find out whether the confiscated guns were returned to the brothers as well as a possible motive for Sunday’s shooting.

Justin Brown was being held in the Wake County jail on $750,000 bail. Joshua Brown’s bail was set at $1 million, according to Wake County records.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or raleighcrimestoppers.org.

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