One arrested, one sought in two killings

Police arrested a 17-year-old man today and are searching for a second person in connection with a double homicide Sunday night in a troubled southeast Raleigh neighborhood, authorities say.

Police charged the teen suspect, Jamieson Jamal Tuck, with two counts of murder. Investigators also obtained arrest warrants for James Edward Whitaker, 21, charging him with the same offenses, the Raleigh Police Department said at midday today.

The victims, Lashawn Perez, 21, and Jeremiah Stirrup, 23, died after being shot multiple times, the police reported.

Police have not disclosed a motive.

The shootings occurred about 9:30 p.m. at 1120 South East Street. When officers arrived, they found the two victims lying near a duplex close to the intersection with Bragg Street.

One of the victims was found in a clump of dirt near the rear of the duplex, and the second was lying beside the duplex, between an early 1990s Nissan Sentra and a small tree.

Clyde DuBose, 57, who lives in the 1100 block of South East Street, had bought a can of soda from a store around the corner from the shootings.

Before the gunshots went off, DuBose said, a “bunch of young guys had gathered on the corner” in front of the duplex. DuBose was headed back home when he heard gunshots.

“They scattered everywhere,” DuBose, 57, said. “Wouldn’t you?”

DuBose watched as one of the suspects shot one of the victims near the rear of the duplex.

DuBose said the first victim was shot in the face. He said the second fell after the first shot and then one of the suspects stood over him and shot him multiple times.

“He was trying to get up,” DuBose said about the second victim.

DuBose said the second man begged for help before emergency workers arrived, but no one in the neighborhood would go near him.

“It took a while for the police to arrive,” DuBose said. “I know that boy was over there begging for his life, and people was afraid to go over there.”

When police arrived they placed a white covering over the first victim, who was dead.

“(The first victim's body) stayed there all night,” DuBose said, gesturing toward the apartments directly in front of his residence. “(The police) threw some dirt over the blood.”

The second man died en route to WakeMed, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.A bullet hole was in the window of the duplex where the second man was shot.

The building’s owner, Davinder S. Virk, said the bullet hole in the window was the result of Sunday night’s shooting. Virk, police and older residents said the neighborhood is riddled with drugs and prostitution.

“This corner is so famous, people come from other parts of town to pick up drug and prostitutes,” said Virk, who added that the prostitution and drug sales go on in the neighborhood day and night.

Virk said a second bullet hole in the Nissan actually occurred two months before during a driveby shooting.

Kamal Rafe, who also lives on the 1100 block, was not surprised by the shooting. Rafe said he called the police several times last week to complain about “too much action” on the corner of East and Bragg streets.

“It was like a carpet last. That’s how it was on that corner last week,” Rafe said. “I knew something was brewing then.”

Tuck was taken into custody without incident this morning at 900-104 Pine Forest Drive, police reported.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Raleigh Police Department’s Fugitive Squad made the arrest.