Raleigh police search for accomplice in botched robbery that left one man dead

Police say they are still looking for a second suspect in an attempted robbery at a North Raleigh hotel that ended with one of the would-be thieves shot to death.

Police say a guest at the Sun Suites Hotel shot and killed Terry Lebrone Wilson early Sunday morning when he and another man tried to rob him. Wilson, 36, died in a hotel breezeway, and police say his accomplice may have fled in a small, gold-colored car.

Police have not released any more information about the accomplice.

Investigators talked with witnesses and determined that Wilson was shot while he and another man were attempting to rob at gunpoint a guest in a third floor room at the motel, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. Police decided not to file charges against the shooter because the guest apparently fired in self-defense, Sughrue said.

The shooting was reported just after 2:20 a.m. Sunday when a woman called 911 to report that she heard about four or five gunshots on the third floor of the hotel at 3215 Capital Blvd. A Sun Suites website says hotel offers extended-stay accommodations with weekly rates, full kitchens and "living areas."

Before the shooting, Wilson's biggest legal problems involved drunken driving convictions in Harnett County in 2009. A police incident report made public Monday showed that he lived at 4739 Whitehall Ave. in Raleigh, less than three miles from the hotel.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit for text and email reporting options.

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