Police early Thursday filed murder and attempted murder charges in a downtown shooting that left one man dead and second wounded Aug. 20 and became the focus of a narcotics investigation.
Bryce JoCarroll Williams, 32, of 610 E. Martin St. was charged after investigators questioned him at their offices on Atlantic Avenue. They had found Williams in Mebane, on the Orange-Alamance county line, Wednesday night after getting information that he was there, police said.
Ramon Antonio Shaw, 23, died and Joshua Jamaar Vines, 32, of Knightdale was wounded in the gunfire that broke out before dawn on West South Street near the Red Hat Amphitheater.
Shaw was found dead in the street.
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Someone driving a 2004 Hummer took Vines to WakeMed Hospital with a gunshot wound in his chest and left him there, police said.
They later found the Hummer with bullet holes in it and a .45-caliber pistol on a seat, they said in a search warrant.
While police were investigating the shootings, the case took on a drug aspect when the manager of the Hyatt Place Hotel on Navaho Drive told police that his employees had found narcotics in a room Vines had rented the day before he was shot.
Vines’s brother-in-law rented the same hotel room two days after the shooting, and detectives who had planted heroin and cocaine back in the room arrested him when he found them and left, they said.
Vines and Jade Tashawn Robinson, 24, of Knightdale were both charged with heroin trafficking.