Chapel Hill News

Bond set at $100K for man in Chapel Hill shooting; another sought

Rahmil Ingram
Rahmil Ingram

A Durham man appeared in court Tuesday and arrest warrants were issue for another in connection with shots fired April 25 into a Forsyth Drive home.

Rahmil Dimitris Ingram, 23, of 2507 S. Roxboro St., Apt. 6, Durham, was arrested Monday in Efland and charged with attempted first-degree murder, weapon possession by a felon and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to a police report.

He is being held in the Orange County Jail. District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett reduced Ingram’s bail from $750,000 to $100,000 secured during the hearing.

Ingram’s mother and friends were in the courtroom for the hearing. Ingram, who appeared on camera from a holding room at the Orange County Jail, waved to a young boy that his mother held during the hearing.

If Ingram is convicted of the charges, Scarlett said, he could serve roughly 12 to 32 years in prison. A public defender was appointed to represent him.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman, who received 27 pages related to the case during the hearing, said he did not have time to read all of it, but Ingram appears to be one of two men involved in the shooting.

Another man, Keiland Harris, has not been charged, but Chapel Hill police were continuing to investigate and expected to make another arrest Tuesday.

Reports show multiple gunshots were fired into an apartment at 106 Forsyth Drive, off Legion Road in eastern Chapel Hill, around 3:15 a.m. April 25. Bullets went through the building’s walls, Nieman said; one hit the victim, Tyrone Riggsbee Jr., 26, in the neck.

Riggsbee was concious and alert when emergency responders arrived, Nieman said, but was “bleeding profusely.” He told officers that Harris shot him, Nieman said. Shell casings found at the scene will be tested, he said.

Another bullet was in Riggsbee’s neck when he arrived at UNC Hospitals. The hospital does not release information about crime victims.

Witnesses told police that Harris and Ingram had come by the apartment several times that day asking if Riggsbee was home, Nieman said. They “seemed unusually eager to find out,” he said the witnesses told police.

“From the description after the shooting, from several people who can account seeing it, I don’t know if I can say for sure why the shooting or who the shooter is,” Neiman said, “but I will say that Mr. Ingram or Mr. Harris was the shooter.”

“By all accounts, those two had come to the scene looking for him,” he said.

Witnesses also told police they had seen a Ruger 380-caliber handgun in the cupholder of Ingram’s car, he said. A police search of the car turned up a similar handgun, he said.

Nieman remembered Ingram from when he was “quite young,” reciting a list of convictions dating from 2009, including felony marijuana possession, conspiracy to sell cocaine, trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Ingram also was one of three men charged in 2013 with a shooting on Pope Road. The outcome of those charges was unclear, but records show he was convicted of drug charges in December 2014 and sentenced to 30 months’ probation. He previously served 11 months in prison on drug charges.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb